I hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day. I spent the weekend at a local music festival – three days of celebrating the music of Bob Dylan! I have fair skin and played it safe – I applied and kept reapplying of sunscreen, wore a wide-brimmed hat, and stayed in the shade. I can’t say the same for many of my other festival goers, because by day two there were quite a few attendees with noticeable sunburns.
According to the FDA “Studies show that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun—and from sunlamps and tanning beds—may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you skin spots, wrinkles, or “leathery” skin.”
Why take that risk?
Visit these links to learn how to be safe in the sun.
- You will find helpful information for parents, kids, and teens at Kids Health.
- Sun Safety: Save Your Skin! Helpful advice from the FDA.
- Learn about how sun exposure is linked to cancer from the American Cancer Society.
- Sun protective clothing – information from the Federal Trade Commission.
- Comprehensive links regarding sun exposure from MedlinePlus.
- The Burning Facts from the EPA – great information regarding sunscreens.
Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, but play it safe and avoid a burn.
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services