July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles, blotches, or spots on your skin. These are just some of the reasons why it’s important to take action.

Here are some ways to avoid the risks of sun damage:

  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially during peak hours between
    10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Select sunglasses that block UV rays.
  • Wear a hat and cover up.
  • Don't be fooled by clouds, the sun's rays can still pass through.
  • Never look directly at the sun.

Healthfinder.gov has more tips and ways to promote UV awareness.