Protecting Yourself from the Harmful Effects of the Sun This Summer

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States with 5.4 million cases diagnosed annually.  However, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.  With warmer weather on the horizon, here are some ways to help protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun.  Seek shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is the strongest.  Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and apply liberally 30 minutes before going outside.  Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.  Lastly, make sure you follow up with your physician every year for a professional skin exam.