Sunshine is Here, Are YOU Covered Up

As A Skin Cancer patient, redhead, and fair-skinned adult it’s important to know that late April and early May are the worst time of year for sunburns.

Here’s why:  The angle of the sun is about the same as it is in late August.  But since it’s not as hot, we’re less likely to cover up or use sunblock.  It’s one reason May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Academy of Dermatology posted a list of the top skin cancer risk factors.  So keep these in mind . . .

Red hair . . . blonde hair . . . skin that burns easily . . . using tanning beds a lot . . . having a weaker-than-average immune system . . . and working outside, or having a history of excessive sun exposure.

Here are three things you can do to lower your risk . . .

1.  Find some shade, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

2.  Opt for a wide-brimmed hat.  And wear sunglasses to protect your eyes

3.  Wear sunblock that’s 30 SPF or higher.

So be safe and apply that SPF98 if you plan on being outdoors this week while working in the garden, pressure washing, spring cleaning and soaking-up the vitamin D as we see the Sunshine and temps in the upper 80’s



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