Be sun smart

August 9, 2009

Clear blue skies and bright sunlight after a long winter bring everyone outdoors and into the sunshine.

Enjoy the sun and warmth of the spring and summer but be sure to protect yourself.

As our days get longer and the sun shines brighter, remember to protect yourself against harmful UV rays. Repeated exposure to UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer, premature aging of the skin and cataracts.

Everyone is at risk of skin cancer, but those people who are at increased risk include:

Most skin cancers are curable if treated early and most skin cancers can be prevented by protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Minimize skin exposure

Seek Shade

Cover up

Wear sunglasses

Use sunscreen

Protect young children

Avoid indoor tanning