Be Safe and Sunscreen Your Summer

As we move into the summer months, don’t forget to protect yourself.  The sun can be warm and wonderful, but it can also be deadly.   Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.  Get ready for a happy, healthy summer - have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here's how you can prevent skin cancer:

 ■Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.

■Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.

■Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultrav