In thinking about severe weather, sunshine doesn't typically come to mind.
Tornadoes, hail and strong winds can damage or even destroy homes, property and lives very quickly. Sunshine though, is also a killer -- just a much slower one.
Extended exposure to sunshine can lead to sunburns in the short-term, and in the long-term, it can lead to skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the majority of skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This is appropriate since it's the very beginning of summer for most of the country. Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and people are spending more time outside whether it's outdoor barbecues, yard work, or summer sports and activities.
To decrease risks of skin cancer later in life, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reducing time in the sun by spending more time in the shade and covering up with clothing.
Always wear sunscreen and remember to reapply every two hours. As for SPF, a minimum of fifteen should be used and anything more than fifty isn't providing any extra protection.
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