Shun the sun! Are you crazy?

It feels so good to be out in the sun. We’ve had SUCH a long, wet, cold winter…  Maybe we didn’t even have summer last year! It’s hard to remember.

Seattle summers are the best though, when we get them. And while we all yearn to feel the warmth of those rays on our face and bodies, we’ve got to keep the little mantra “shun the sun” in the back of our minds… But maybe we should just say “shun the UV rays,” instead.

UV is ultraviolet light and responsible for sunburns and skin cancer. Something everyone has to pay attention to a little bit at least because skin cancer is the most common cancer in the country. Like most cancers, catch it early and it’s easier to cure. But preventing it is even better.

Three easy things can help accomplish this: limit the time you’re in the sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when those UV rays are the strongest. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. And wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes, face, ears, and neck.

You can learn more about what skin cancer looks like, and how to protect yourself on our website.

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    1. Posted May 3, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      You made a few fine points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found the majority of folks will agree with your blog.

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