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AWARENESS / PREVENTION

 

Prevention is an important part of protection.

So while you are out in the sun do the following:

 

Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens should be applied 20-30 minutes before going out in the sun and re-applied every 2 hours.

 

Wear protective clothing - this includes a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and pants. Also sunglasses - wear anti-reflective polarized lenses that block out 100% of UV rays.

 

Avoid tanning beds. People who start using tanning beds before age 35 increase the risk of Melanoma by 75%

 

Routinely check your whole body. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist.

 

Educate your family and friends about the sun's intensity, take the shadow test. If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun's rays are the strongest. So limit direct exposure midday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Don't forget to protect your Infants and Toddlers!!!