Summer Sun Safety Month

This is a month that encourages you to enjoy your summer but take precautions to avoid overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And if you notice anything unusual on your skin, see your provider.

Did you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ? If so, then it’s not a surprise that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer. Each year, about 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. These cancers in the outer layer of the skin occur most where skin is exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands.

Stay indoors during extreme heat: in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation slows down, and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Keep in mind, the sun is the most intense between 10 am and 4 pm. If you can, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and the evening.

Know the early signs of heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, hyperthermia, etc.: signs to look for may include disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, a flushed face, high body temperature, rapid pulse, dizziness, and confusion. Take immediate action if you feel any symptoms coming on.

Maintain communication with friends, family, caregivers, and emergency contacts: prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy-to-access area in case needed.