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UV Safety Month is a great time to spread the message of sun, fun and UV safety to your community. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays can also damage your eyes.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

  • White or light-colored skin with freckles
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes

You can take these steps to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for any changes.

Be cool. Wear your shades. UV rays can hurt your eyes. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 percent to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin

www.geteyesmart.org

www.preventblindness.org
 

Coming in July: Fireworks eye safety 

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