Wellness for the Family: Sun Safety 101

While we are all out enjoying that summer sun– we are also being exposed to UV rays.

Long exposure to UV rays is known to cause skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin cancer is among the most common types of cancers and proper UV protection is vital in prevention.

The Center for Disease Control recommends these easy ways to protect your skin:

  • Stay in the shade.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Shanthi Appelo joined ‘the four’ LIVE to discuss sun safety. Watch the video above to see her tips.

For more tips from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, click here.

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