Protect Your Skin!
We have been having safe fun in the sun for five wonderful weeks through the use of sunscreen and protective clothing, but summer is not over yet. It is important to continue to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays during summer fun and whenever you are outside. Take this simple test and see how much you do or don’t know before you go out in the sun today!*
1. What percentage of skin cancer is caused by sun exposure?
2. True/False: Less than 33% of adults and children routinely use sun protection?
3. What form of skin cancer kills one person every hour?
4. What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
5. What are the peak hours for harmful UV radiation?
ANSWERS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1. 90%: When proper protection is worn, sun exposure is decreased and so is a person’s cancer risk, along with a drop in skin damage and wrinkles (bonus).
2. True: Shocking, isn’t it! That means 67% of people do not routinely use sun protection. Not using sun protection on a regular basis increases your chances for sun exposure and skin cancer.
3. Melanoma: This is the deadliest form of skin cancer (yikes!). Most melanoma resembles a mole, and is mainly caused by intense UV ray exposure, which often leads to sunburn. If detected early, it is almost always curable. It is almost always fatal if left undetected, as it becomes metastatic (cancerous cells spread to other areas).
4. Ultraviolet A is longwave and Ultraviolet B is shortwave. Both UV rays penetrate the atmosphere and cause skin aging, skin cancer and eye damage.
5. 10 AM – 4 PM: Cloudy or sunny, the sun is the strongest and most likely to cause skin damage during these hours. Since you probably don’t want to hibernate during peak hours, you should be smart about sun protection.
SOURCE: The Skin Cancer Foundation
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