EPA Promotes Protection From the Sun

More than one million Americans are affected by skin cancer every year. More new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but incidence of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, continues to rise significantly. Melanoma is now one of the most common cancers among young adults ages 15 to 29.

To reduce your risk of getting too much exposure to potentially harmful UV rays slip, slop, slap, wrap, and seek shade:
· slip on a shirt,
· slop on sunscreen (SPF 15+)
· slap on a wide-brimmed hat
· wrap on sunglasses
· and seek shade during midday hours.

To download the EPA’s UV Index application for smartphones, go to: www.epa.gov/enviro/mobile

For more information on EPA’s sun safety program called SunWise see: www.epa.gov/sunwise

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