The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented! Communities, health professionals, and families can use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention – both at home and in the larger community.
Make a difference and spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer:
• Use sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, SPF 30 or higher, and is water resistant.
• Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
• The FDA mandates that Sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years. If the expiration date has passed, throw out the sunscreen.
• Check your skin once a month for changes.
Remember: Even on cloudy days, you are exposed to up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
For more information, go to: http://healthfinder.gov/nho/PDFs/JulyNHOtoolkit.pdf