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August is Summer Sun Safety Month.

This month’s health awareness event encourages everyone to take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to UV rays can increase risk of skin cancer, one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. Sun exposure causes more than 90% of all melanomas in the U.S.

Avoiding UV rays from the sun and tanning beds is the best way to prevent melanoma. Take steps to protect yourself by:

  • Seeking the shade, especially during the middle of the day.
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and clothes that cover your skin.
  • Wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Using broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply after swimming or excessively sweating.
  • Avoiding sunbathing and indoor tanning, which increase melanoma risk.