There’s just something about that Florida sunshine! But do you know how hazardous our dear sunshine can be to our health? Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultra violet radiation can increase the risk of skin cancer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one or more severe sunburns in childhood or adolescence can double your chance of developing melanoma later on in life. Can’t do without your Florida sunshine? That’s OK– there are plenty of ways to protect yourself while having fun in the sun. Here are some sun safety tips to guard yourself and your family!
Cover up by wearing the right clothing: loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. See the video below to learn more about sun protection from sunscreen.
Applying sunscreen is the first step, but reapplying is important too. Be sure to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or breaking a sweat.
If you’ll be spending time in the sun, especially during the hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seek shade when you need a break. A tent, picnic shelter or umbrella can provide a reprieve from the sun.
The FDA recently made some changes that require sunscreen products to be labeled differently to clarify the effectiveness of the products. Learn more by watching the video below:
For more information on staying safe in the summer sun, visit us online at Central Florida Regional Hospital or call our Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-800-445-3392 for free physician referrals and health information.