As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic...
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people enjoyed increased outdoor activity which increased sun exposure, increasing the risk of skin cancer. NYS parks had one million more visitors in 2020 than in 2019. Sun protection is more important than ever.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and is the most preventable.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is the leading cause of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. By practicing sun safety, you can enjoy the outdoors and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer does not discriminate – don’t burn.
Follow these sun safety tips:
Check the Ultraviolet or (UV) index to see what the sun exposure is for the day. Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 15 minutes before going outdoors, covering all exposed areas. Apply from your hairline down to the top of your feet. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours while outdoors. Wear protective clothing such as a long sleeve dark shirt, pants and wide brimmed hat. Seek shade between hours of 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Remember, there is no such thing as a safe tan.
Tanned skin is damaged skin. So always practice sun safety when you head outdoors. Skin cancer does not discriminate – don’t burn!