Sun Safety Tips

Written by greg on May 21, 2014

In Houston, summers can be brutally hot and sun safety procedures need to be implemented to protect your family.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one component of sun protection.

Some helpful tips for avoiding skin cancer are as follows:

* Stay in the shade is much as possible when outdoors – particularly during peak hours of 10 AM to 4 PM.

* Avoid sunburn – use sunscreen and protective clothing.

* When outside for long periods of time consider a water resistant sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.

* Self examine your skin frequently for suspicious marks.

* Older people should consider a full body skin exam on a yearly basis.

* Do not use suntan beds.

Generally, the lighter your skin the more at risk you are of developing skin cancer. When conducting self-examination, spot-check your moles and freckles for any changes. See your doctor if you notice:

* A mole or discoloration that appear suddenly or begins to change.

* A sore that doesn’t heal.

* Skin that becomes red and bumpy or bleeds.

When in doubt, apply more sunscreen than you believe is necessary and make sure your family members do as well. Your first line of defense is to seek out shade but sunscreen is definitely a must for summer in Houston.

Remember that a large portion of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, which is why you can even get sunburn on a cloudy day. Also consider protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays with appropriate sunglasses.

Be aware of the possibility of skin cancer and take precautions early to avoid problems later on.

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