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Sun Safety

It is time for the summer sun reminder. At least in California, the sun is out and it is easy these beautiful days to stay outside too long, or forget to wear sunscreen. Please be careful with your skin when you are exposed to the sun.

Skin cancer is one of the most insidious, widespread and dangerous forms of cancer. It develops invisibly over the years, primarily through overexposure to the sun's dangerous rays. Two common types of skin cancer are carcinoma and melanoma. It is easy to not think about the damage the sun is doing to your skin when being tan makes most of us feel healthy.

To be sun-safe:
  • Keep babies under six months old out of the sun completely.
  • Remember to avoid the hottest sun, between 10 AM and 4PM.
  • Cover all of your skin with sunscreen, at least SPF 30.
  • Apply sunscreen every few hours, and especially after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off.
  • Put lipbalm, with SPF 15 on, whenever you are outside.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses.
  • Remember that UV rays bounce off concrete, water, sand, and snow.
  • Never use tanning beds or sun lamps.
Sun Safety Alliance

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.