July is National UV Safety Month -- which makes sense, as it tends to be one of the busiest months for outdoor activities where we expose our skin to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Skin cancer and eye problems are just two issues that can result from over-exposure to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin.
Help to spread the word during the month of July, and take extra precautions to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.
Here are some of the steps you can take today to protect your skin:
- Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Check your skin regularly for changes. Here is a link from the National Cancer Institute, explaining a skin self-exam.
The National Health information Center encourages participation in UV Safety Month and offers help in raising awareness of the risks of sun damage. Below are some additional links which it provides as resources for maintaining good skin and eye health in July and year 'round:
- Protect Your Skin From the Sun
- Skin Cancer - An Interactive Multimedia Tutorial
- Be Cool, Wear Your Shades - Healthy Eye Tips
“Speaking of Healthcare” is the official blog of Assured Healthcare Staffing. Please LIKE us on Facebook to receive health and wellness tips and more! Article by Kim Washetas, contributing writer and enthusiastic whole health advocate.