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July is also UV safety awareness month

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 15:41:02-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Fourth of July is not the only thing the month of July is known for.

July is also UV Safety Awareness Month.

UV radiation is the main factor responsible for skin cancers. Part of the UV spectrum, UVA rays are present during all daylight hours while UVB rays can cause burning, tanning and skin aging.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just five sunburns doubles your risk of Melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says you should apply sunscreen, seeking shade during peak sun hours and cover up with clothing, wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

Here are a few tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

1. Apply one ounce of broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

2. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

3. Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

4. Cover up with clothing, wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

To learn more, visit SkinCancer.org.

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