Everyone needs some vitamin D from the sun, it gives us light and heat to survive but not everyone knows that skin cancer caused by the sun is the most common type of cancer in the United States, especially melanoma (the deadliest form) Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can have harmful effects on the skin. There are two types of UV radiation, they are UVA and UVB. UVA rays are not absorbed by the ozone layer and are penetrated deep into the skin causing blotches, wrinkles and leathery looking skin that just makes you look older. Ocular melanoma and cataracts are eye problems caused by the sun. Powerful UVB rays, which are partially absorbed by the ozone layer, mostly affect the surface of the skin and are the primary cause of sunburn (also known as “first-degree burn”).
Everyone cannot avoid the sun but we can protect our self. Sunscreens should be applied before and during outings in the sun. Sunscreens should have an SPF of at least 30 – 50. Lip protection should also be worn with a SPF of 30. Reapply sunscreen every hour to two hours especially after swimming or sweating.
Reduce exposure to the sun during peak hours of the day between 10am – 4 pm. Wear protective clothing, some now have SPF protection in the material. Wear a hat. Always wear sunglasses with UV protection. Your eyes are very sensitive and can be damaged very quickly.
Remember even in cloudy days, 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate through the clouds. So don’t be fooled protect yourself. Remember prevention is the key. Spread the word.
Interim Healthcare Inc.