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Sun protection

May 20, 2016

Summer's Coming - Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap

As we head outside for a summer of fun in Michigan, remember:

SLIP on a shirt
SLOP on sunscreen
SLAP on a hat
WRAP on sunglasses

Skin cancer is on the rise in the US. Protect your skin from harmful UV radiation by taking MORE THAN ONE precaution.

Shining a Light on Sunscreens

6 Must-Know Facts:

  • Everyone needs sunscreen including African Americans and especially kids.Broad Spectrum label is vital. It protects against both UVA and UVB rays.Use SPF of 30 to 50. Below 30 is not enough; 50 blocks 98% of rays. African Americans can use SPF 15. NO sunscreen lotion offers full protection.Early, often, a lot. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside, reapply it every 2 hours, and use an ounce (a shot glass size.)Water RESISTANT not waterproof. No sunscreen is waterproof, reapply as instructed.Spray Sunscreens, easy to use but ...  Current FDA regulations on testing and standardization do not pertain to sprays. They continue to be evaluated to ensure safely and effectiveness. Also, people tend to apply only 1/2 as much as needed. Do not inhale or apply near heat.

    Take a Look!
    *    Examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

    *    See your health care professional once a year for a checkup.

    *    Learn more - Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection from the American Cancer Society.