So, what can you do to protect your skin from the sun and to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer?
Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you are going to be outside (cloudy or sunny) longer than 15-20 minutes
Wear UVA/UVB approved sunglasses
Avoid being in the sun during the midday hours
Wear a wide-brimmed hat
Avoid tanning beds—they are even more dangerous than laying out in the sun
Cover as much exposed skin as you can
I wish we would have known how dangerous and deadly the sun could be! Everyone loves the sun in Colorado; we love the energy it gives us and the Vitamin D we receive for our bones, but just play it safe in the sun the next time you go out to enjoy our beautiful Colorado outdoors!
Special Guest 9Health Fair Blog Written and Provided by Kathy Walter:
Kathy Walter lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado with her 2 teenagers; Austin, age 18, and Katherine, age 15. She became widowed after her husband, Bill Walter, died from Stage 4 Melanoma in 1998 at the age of 36. Since Bill’s death, she has been an advocate for sun safety and skin cancer prevention by becoming an event organizer for the “RayZ Awareness of Melanoma 5K Walk/Run” fundraising events held in Ft. Collins. Kathy has also become an outreach educator by developing a melanoma sun-safety interactive educational board that has been used in the 9Health Fair in the Classroom and the community 9Health Fair programs.She has visited numerous health fairs throughout the Denver area for 10 years.
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