July is UV Safety Month

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Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 5.4 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That’s why the American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day.

Although skin cancer risk factors are present every day, the dangers are greater during the long days of summer when you may spend more time in the sun. This infographic focuses on easy-to-follow tips to help you be sun sensible and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but be extra careful if you:

  • Have natural blonde or red hair
  • Take medication take makes you sensitive to light
  • Have freckles
  • Are fair skinned
  • Spend a lot of time outside
  • Have a condition that lowers your immune system

Protecting yourself

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, which will block 97 percent of UVB rays. Use one ounce (about a palmful) to cover your arm, legs, neck and face and reapply at least every two hours. And don’t forget your ears, hands, feet and underarms.

To learn more about protecting your skin this summer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website.

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