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July is UV Safety Month!

Many people feel that a tan makes them look ‘healthier’ but sun exposure has many unhealthy consequences if your skin is not properly protected. When added up, everyday sun exposures are linked to squamous cell cancer. Although not as dangerous as melanoma, squamous cell cancer is far more common and the number of cases has been going up every year. Many people think it's OK to get a sunburn now and then, but studies show that even occasional exposure to strong sunlight seems to increase the risk of the most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma. This month, see how much you know about sun safety by taking the quiz to the right – answers will be posted at the end of the month!

TRUE or FALSE?

1. When it is cloudy outside, you cannot get a sunburn.
2. Sun protection isn’t needed on cloudy days because clouds block ultraviolet rays.
3. I can get a safe tan in a tanning bed.
4. Early morning and late afternoons are the worst times for exposure to UV rays.
5. You really can't get skin cancer, if your daily routine (work, drive to work, indoor hobbies, and vacations) doesn't include any outdoor activities.
6. You should use sunscreen any time you are in the sun, even if you only burn once or twice a year.
7. If you are wearing some type of sunscreen, you can stay in the sun as long as you want.
8. A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much UV radiation as one labeled SPF 15.
9. It's safe to let children stay in the pool all day if they slip on a T-shirt after a couple hours and reapply sunscreen to their faces, arms, and legs.
10. Getting a "base tan" at an indoor tanning salon is as good way to prevent sunburn when you go to the beach later this summer.


Come back at the end of the month to get the answers!
Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about sun safety and skin cancer prevention.


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