July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. UV rays can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin as well as damage your eyes.

Anyone can get skin cancer but the risk is greatest for people with:

  • Light colored skin with freckles
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes

These are just some the reasons why Divine Home Care is proud to participate in UV Safety Month and help raise awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

 You can take steps today to protect your skin:

  1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  2. Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
  3. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
  4. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% UV rays as possible. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer.
  5. Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher. Sunscreen works by absorbing, reflecting or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. Sunscreen wears off so put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after you swim or sweat.
  6. Avoid indoor tanning.

In addition to all of these precautions, it is so important to check your skin regularly for any changes:

  • A new mole that looks different from your other moles.
  • A new red or darker color flaky patch that may be a little raised.
  • A new flesh colored firm bump.
  • A change in the size, shape, color or feel of a mole.
  • A sore that doesn’t heal. 

If you have any concerns about your skin and possible sun damage, consult your doctor right away. The Centers for Disease Control has alot of very helpful and interesting information if you’re interested in learning more.

The author of this blog post is Divine Home Care RN Case Manager for our Willmar Office, Rita Porttiin.