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  • Eva Kavanagh

Be Safe in the Sun

The sun supports life on our planet, but its rays also give off dangerous UV radiation. There are 3 types of UV: UV-C is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not currently pose any threat. But UV-A and UV-B can have long- and short-term negative effects on our skin as well as our eyes and vision. July is UV Safety Month, so let’s talk about the damaging effects of sun exposure. Summer means plenty of fun in the sun, but that fun comes with risks. The long-time exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can be dangerous. According to the CDC, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. As you enjoy your fun in the sun, remember how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

UV rays hurt our bodies in many ways – cataracts, sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkles. During UV Safety Month, take appropriate measures to protect your skin from UV radiation. This includes wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen, staying in the shade, and staying away from artificial sources of UV light. The CDC stresses that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma, basal, and squamous cell cancers. It also causes premature aging of the skin and suppresses the immune system.) Know your risk. Some people are more prone to UV damage, including those with skin cancer in their family history and with light eyes and skin that easily burns.

Why Should You Care About UV Rays

Why Should You Care About UV Rays?

Here are the harmful things unprotected sun exposure can do:

  • Suppression of the immune system

  • Cause vision problems and damage to your eyes

  • Premature aging of the skin

  • Skin cancer

Skin protection is important all day long, but in the summer months, people find themselves out in the sun more often. While you have fun in the summer sunshine, it’s essential to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Keep these 5 tips in mind when working to protect yourself:

  • Wear a hat or other shade protective clothing

  • Avoid direct and prolonged sun exposure during peak hours from 10 AM to 2 PM, cover up exposed skin. This is when you are most at risk of receiving the most exposure to UV Rays.

  • Protect your skin against DNA damage and wear sunscreen and ensure it is at least SPF 30 or above daily

  • Re-apply the sunscreen every couple of hours

  • Don’t forget about your eyes! It’s just as important to wear proper sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.

For more information on UV rays and their harmful effects, please call Century Medical clinic at (978) 594-8980 or contact us online.

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