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You wouldn’t guess it given frost advisories and hail, but summer is here! May is Melanoma Awareness Month and with the sun shining and temperatures rising, it’s time to think about sun safety.

For infants especially, the best sun protection is avoidance. Covering sun exposed areas can go a long way to protect their delicate skin. It’s a good idea to use long sleeves or hats and keep infants in shaded areas. If sun exposure is unavoidable, it is OK to use a minimal amount of sunscreen to small sun exposed areas. Continue Reading »

Sun Safety Tips

I think we can all agree that we’ve been looking forward to some warmer weather.  Summer is a great time of year and many of us spend more time outdoors in the summer than any other time of year. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? That big, blistering sunburn you had as a child more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) later in life. The sun is a welcome sight this time of year, but here are some tips to keep in mind any time you will be heading outside.

First, always apply sunscreen when heading outdoors. Make sure it has a SPF of at least 15, higher for children. Most sunscreens will not last an entire day – be sure to reapply often, especially after swimming or sweating. Check to see that your sunscreen is waterproof if you will be swimming, sweating or doing anything else where you might get wet. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen to those areas often overlooked like the tops of your ears, lips and feet. Also be sure to ask for help for areas that are hard to reach – especially your back and shoulders. There are many products available that contain SPF, such as certain clothing, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer and even contact lenses. Continue Reading »

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