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|In this issue: Sun safety: Have fun—be safe!|
Summer is fast approaching. And although it is important for everyone to protect themselves from the sun’s damaging rays year-round, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is greatest from May through August. People are also more likely to have prolonged sun exposure when the weather is nice, increasing the likelihood of sun-related healthcare issues.
Excessive exposure to UV rays is associated with sunburn, premature aging, eye problems such as cataracts, and of course, skin cancer. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. This e-newsletter offers tips you can share with your patients to keep them safe from damaging rays. Keep reading to find out more.
Staying safe in the sun
Your patients can still have fun in the sun—they just need to take a few safety precautions to protect their skin and eyes. Here are some recommendations:
Summer is a great time of year for fun in the sun. Your patients will be eager to enjoy outdoor picnics, barbeques, swimming and more. Help keep them safe by providing them with these preventative tips so they don’t get burned—they’ll be sure to thank you!
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“Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors Among U.S. Adults.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 May 2012. Web. Retrieved 12 Feb. 2015.
“Sunscreens Explained.” Skin Cancer Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 11 Feb. 2015.
“Don’t Get Burned! Summer Sun Safety Tips.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p, n.d. Web. Retrieved 11 Feb. 2015.