Protecting your skin from dangerous UV rays is important year-round, but especially so in the summer months when you are outside more. Here are a few facts and tips to help you stay safe:
- Over half of skin cancer related deaths happen in people over age 65
- Most of our exposure to the sun occurs after age 40. It is this exposure later in life that often triggers skin cancers
- With age our skin becomes thinner – the result of fat and water loss. This means damaging UV light can go deeper into the skin
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:
- Avoid being outside during the most sun intense time of the day – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Seek out shade from the direct sun
- Wear clothing that is protective like long-sleeve shirts, full length pants, hats with wide brims and UV filtering sunglasses
- Apply generous amounts of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every 2 hours and don’t forget the top of your head, neck and ears!
- Do a regular self-exam of your skin each month and see your dermatologist annually for a full body exam
At CMV one of our top priorities is to keep you safe. That is one of the many reasons why we plan all of our trips and outings to include shade, water, and places to take a break. And if you don’t feel up to leaving the campus… we have you covered. Check out of monthly calendar to see all the great ways we keep you busy; indoors and outdoors.
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