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Sun Protection - it's not Just for Girls

Melanoma, the most virulent form of skin cancer, takes over 8,000 American lives each year. Middle-aged and older men are the most likely victims of skin cancer and teen age boys the least likely to use sunscreen. Baseball players are particularly at risk because they spend so much time in the sun.

The American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players team up every year to Strike Out Skin Cancer.

Here are 5 Tips for Sun Protection from the American Academy of Dermatology:
  • Use a topical sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Cover up with long sleeved shirts, hats and sunglasses
  • Check your skin every year around your birthday for signs of skin cancer
  • Avoid being out in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Be extra careful near water, sand and snow due to reflective intensity
Make sure children are protected and that teenage boys know the dangers of sun exposure.

Thank you Ben & Sam's photostream for use of photo Direct Sun at Shea Stadium
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