Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Play it Safe in the Sun

(Courtesy of ArizonaEdventures.com)

TRUE OR FALSE?
1.
About 50% of an individual’s sun exposure occurs by age 18.
2. UV radiation increases 5% for every 1,000-foot gain in elevation.
3. Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays, while beach sand reflects 15%.
4. The sun’s rays can reach through three feet of water.
5. Sunlight coming through a window or windshield can damage your skin.
6. Small daily doses of UVA rays can cause long-term injury to your skin, even without any sunburn.
7. Dermatologists agree that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.”
8. Children and adolescents who experience a single blistering sunburn are twice as likely to develop skin cancer later in life.
9. A sun-sensitive person can get a minor sunburn in approximately five minutes on a sunny midday in June.
10. Arizona has the highest rate of skin cancer among the fifty states and one of the highest rates in the world.

(Even if you are being more careful than ever about your exposure to the sun, you may be surprised at the answers to some of the above questions. All of them are true!)

For more information, see http://www.arizonaedventures.com/articles/arizona/play-it-safe-in-the-sun/

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