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Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer with These Summer Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect chance to spend time outside with family and friends, but this fun in the sun comes at a risk. In addition to the burns and heat-related illnesses that could require emergency care, sun exposure can also cause skin cancer. Skin cancer cases are on the rise, but you can protect yourself from the blistering Las Vegas sun this summer with these safety tips.

Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. You can and should use it all year long, especially on your face. However, any time you have an outdoor activity planned during the summer, be sure to apply sunscreen before you go. Choose a product with SPF 15 or higher, and be sure that it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen doesn’t last all day with a single application, so be sure to reapply it every two hours, or sooner if you have been swimming or sweating.

Avoid Peak Sunlight Hours

The sun usually reaches its peak strength between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, your skin is especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Avoid scheduling outdoor activities for these times. Not only does being outside during these peak hours increase your skin cancer risk, but it also makes you more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. If you must be outside for an extended time, seek shade as much as possible and reapply sunscreen often.

Dress for the Weather

Most people think that wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts is the best way to dress for summer, but covering up is actually healthier. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs to feel cooler and protect your skin. Add a hat with a wide brim that protects your face and wrap-around sunglasses with polarized lenses that offer UVA and UVB protection.

At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, our ER in Las Vegas is ready to provide emergency care for all of your summer emergencies, from bad burns to broken bones. Find out more our comprehensive medical services, including geriatric psych, orthopedic surgery, and stroke care in Las Vegas, by calling (702) 880-2700.