Sun Safety

Most moles and melanomas develop as a result of sun exposure. The most harmful effects of sun exposure occur during early childhood. It is important for everyone to be aware of how they can offer themselves the best sun protection. Sun exposure comes from direct as well as indirect sunlight. The following tips will allow you to remain active while reducing your direct sun exposure. Remember that just because you are not laying in the sun doesnít mean the sun wonít find you and whether you are in the garden or on the golf course, it is prudent to be careful. Donít forget that winter sun may not seem harsh but can be damaging to the skin

Minimize Sun Exposure

Consider your outdoor activities when the ultraviolet rays of the sun are at their weakest, before 10:00 am and after 3:00 pm. Always keep children under the age of one out of the sun. Cloudy days and overcast weather can still let through a lot of sunlight and remember that sunlight is reflected off of water, snow, sand and concrete.

Donít Forget the Shade

Seek natural shade from trees and buildings. You can create your own shade with an umbrella.

Cover Up

The best protection is a physical barrier between you and the sun. This can be done with a hat that covers your nose and ears. Arms and legs can be protected with loose fitting cotton clothing that will keep you cooler than bare skin. Children should always wear a T-shirt .

Sunscreens

A broad-spectrum sunscreen protecting against both UVA and UVB rays with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 30 or more should be applied before all outdoor activities. It should be reapplied frequently as its effectiveness is gradually reduced from exposure to the sunlight.