Sun Safety

Written by on June 15, 2013 in Safety Tips

Sun SafetyDermatologists focus on children to promote protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Children get 80% of their lifetime sun by age 18. Bad sunburns during childhood can increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. A child born today has a one in five chance of developing skin cancer.

To help prevent cancers of the skin follow the recommended guidelines. For both children and adults, choose a sunscreen that has at least a sun protection factor of 15 and make sure the sunscreen protects against all ultraviolet rays. Experts also recommend hiding from the sun until after 4 p.m. when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are weaker. Make sure children wear hats outside, and sunglasses are also advised as the sun can also cause cataracts.

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