July is ultraviolet (UV) Safety Awareness Month! Watch to learn how to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Here’s what you need to know to keep you and your family protected from the sun. July is recognized as UV Safety Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that exposure to ultraviolet rays is the most important preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
Read the information on https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer.html
For questions, contact your local cancer center regarding sun safety and other cancer risk reduction strategies. Contact National Cancer Information Specialists are available to help you with cancer related questions and you can call them anytime 24/7 a week at 1-800-227-23545.
See the link below. https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/california.html Preventing skin cancer:
Exposure to ultraviolet rays is the most important preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
UV rays come NOT only from the sun but from sunlamps and tanning beds. Here’s how you can help reduce your risk of skin cancer:
Minimize your exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., it is recommended to avoid because the hours when UV rays are strongest.
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen before you go outside. Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF of at least 30, broad-spectrum means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it to all areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun.
Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, even cloudy days. You want to make sure you apply sunscreen lotion to the entire of your body to prevent the reflect UV rays of sun. Continue every 2 hours is recommended to prevent from getting skin cancer. Reapply every 2 hours is an example when you want to go swimming, hiking, picnic at the park, or anywhere that you will be exposed to the sun all day is highly encouraged to reapply every 2 hours.
Wear clothing that covers your body such as a hat to shade your face/neck, boots, long-sleeved shirt, pant, or anything that covers the skin will protect you from getting exposed to the sun.
Wear sunglasses with a UV coating with Rx from eye doctor because it will prevent and reduce the amount of UV rays that reach inside your eyes and eyelids.
According to cancer research group; it is recommended not to use sunlamps or tanning beds. UV rays are very powerful that can get your skin cancer.
Just for adults!? NO! We should protect our children from the sun! Skin damage from UV rays early in life can lead to skin cancer later in life. Keep children from too much sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because that will give them a high chance of getting skin cancer. Again, you wonder why 10 a.m. thru 4 p.m. is being warned?! It is because the hours when UV rays are STRONGEST. That will damage the skin and develop to cancer!
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen often to children of 6 months and older. Use your best judgement and balance exposure time if possible when outside and under the sun. Try to keep children out of long direct sunlight. For those parents who have a baby under 6 months must stay out of direct sunlight. If MUST go outside, dress your baby in hats, stroll with cover sunshade, and lightweight clothing that covers most of the skin. If you want to go to the beach, lake, or any water parks for swimming. If you must go then apply sunscreen lotion to all young children and babies! It will prevent them from having skin cancer later in an adult life.
Did you know sand and snow can reflect UV rays? Yes it can get you a skin cancer! The sun reflects UV rays to the sand and snow Use the sunscreen to protect yourself! it reflects to your skin! Unfortunately, you can get skin cancer!
If you do not have sunscreen lotion. Try to keep in mind, you, anyone and your children should stay under the sunshade often if possible. Going outside for a short time is okay. Staying outside with full exposure of sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is not recommended!

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