Don't leave your skin vulnerable to harmful UV rays this summer!
You don't have to give up your fun in the sun during the summer months, but it's important to be cautious about your exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation whenever you are outside. Not only can these rays compromise your skin health and lead to skin cancer, the American Optometric Association warns that they can also affect your eyesight. Here's what you should know:
- The sun emits three types of UV rays. UV-A and UV-B are the two types you need to worry about. The ozone layer provides protection from UV-C rays. Make sure your sunscreen and sunglasses protect against both forms of radiation.
- Tanning beds also create UV rays. It's a myth that artificial tanning methods are safer than unprotected time in the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, you are still exposing yourself to the same dangers.
- You always need to wear sunscreen and sunglasses while outside. Don't save these protection measures for long days under the sun. If you are just going on a short walk, you need to cover your skin and eyes.
- It's best to stay indoors during peak hours. UV radiation is usually strongest between 11am and 4pm. When possible, plan your outdoor activities for mornings or late afternoons.
Leaving yourself exposed to UV rays could lead to skin cancer. If you notice any abnormalities on your skin, we can check you out. Learn more about cancer services provided at our oncology department, or call 1-855-665-TMCP for a physician referral.