How can UV Safety Month make a difference? We can all use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent it – both at home and in the larger community.

   Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.

   Summer is full of outdoor activities. You probably put sunscreen on yourself and your kids when you go to the pool or the beach. But do you know you should protect your skin with more than just sunscreen anytime you’re outside?

   Sun protection is important all year round, and it’s best to use several different kinds. When you’re working in the yard, watching a ballgame, or taking an afternoon walk, make sun safety an everyday habit so you can avoid getting a sunburn and lower your chance of getting skin cancer.

   Here’s an easy tip to help make sure you and your family stay sun-safe. Get ready for summer with a tote bag full of different ways to protect your skin. Keep the tote bag handy so you can grab it whenever you head out for summer fun!

   Some important things to pack:

-A lightweight long-sleeved shirt or cover-up.

-A hat with a wide brim that shades your face, head, ears, and neck.

-Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

-Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.

-Stay in the shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon.

-Can’t stay in the shade? Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect your skin.

-Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

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