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Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention
It's that time of year again, long summer days filled with sun, water, and hopefully a lot of sunscreen. July was ultraviolet (UV) safety month and the leading cause of skin cancer is over exposure to UV rays from the sun or indoor tanning lamps. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer with 1 in 3 Caucasians developing it within their lifetime. While chances of developing skin cancer can be high, there are many ways to reduce your risk. The sun's UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the late spring and early summer in North America. According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC) UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes and putting sunscreen on before you go outside will help decrease your risk of sun damage. UV rays also reflect off surfaces like cement, water, sand and snow. Sun guidelines provided by These guidelines will help reduce your risk of skin cancer; each guideline must be followed to greatly reduce your risk

Avoid the Sun
Sunburns and suntans are signs that your skin has been damaged. The more damage your skin gets from the sun, the greater chance you have of premature wrinkling, skin cancer and other serious skin issues.

Use Sunscreen
Try to apply sunscreen everywhere the sun's rays could touch you, even on your ears, scalp and feet. To improve effectiveness, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. It's recommended to use a sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15, even on cloudy days. Don't forget to reapply sunscreen every hour, or immediately after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Make sure you use an ample amount and rub it in thoroughly. Be sure to check your sunscreen's expiration date, sunscreen without expiration dates have a shelf life of no more than three years.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.
If you're out in the sun, cover your skin not only with sunscreen but also clothing. The best clothing to protect your skin is loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants made from closely woven fabric. It's important to know that a normal T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so be selective when choosing your sun protective clothes. A wide brimmed hat is essential to help protect your face, neck and ears from the sun and a hat with a 6 inch brim all around is suggested.

While eye protection can be forgotten in the midst of trying to protect your skin from the sun, eyes are also susceptible to sun damage. Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from both ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays. Sun exposure to your eyes increases your risk of developing cataracts.

Don't try to get a tan
Stay away from indoor tanning salons and over exposure to the sun. That much sought-after golden brown glow is actually the skins defense against further damage from UV rays. The sun's UV rays actually damage the DNA of the skins cells which prompt enzymes to try and repair the damage. But these enzymes are not always successful in repairing the DNA which leads to mutations that increase the risk of skin cancer.

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Through our healthcare-concierge services and personalized care, we make healthcare convenient and hassle free for our clients. We are your partner in decision making as well as your medical advocate. The EHS care model provides the medical care you need and the piece of mind you deserve in today's fragmented, impersonal health care system.

For our corporate partners, this results not only in better health for their key employees, but improved productivity (reduced absenteeism and presenteeism), improved recruitment and retention, and a proven positive return on investment.

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