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July is UV Safety Awareness Month!

FCMG recognizes July's UV Safety Awareness Month!

Here are some ways to practice safe UV protection this month and year round:

  1. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours when outdoors.
  2. Seek shade during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm) to minimize direct exposure to harmful UV rays.
  3. Wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses with UV protection to shield your skin and eyes.
  4. Use sunscreen lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from sunburn and potential skin damage.
  5. Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps, as they emit harmful UV radiation and increase the risk of skin cancer.
  6. Check the UV Index forecast and plan outdoor activities accordingly to reduce exposure during high UV intensity periods.
  7. Install window films or blinds that block UV rays to minimize exposure while indoors.
  8. Consider seeking shade under an umbrella or a canopy when at the beach or poolside to reduce direct sun exposure.
  9. Regularly examine your skin for any new or changing moles or spots and consult a dermatologist if you notice any abnormalities.
  10. Educate yourself about UV radiation and its effects to raise awareness among family and friends, promoting sun-safe habits.

And remember, summertime and time at the beach are not the only times you should protect yourself from the sun's damaging rays: UV risks continue year round and exposure to these risks can occur during all kinds of outdoor (and even indoor) activities.

To learn more -- or to speak with a provider about concerns you may have related to your skin -- contact your FCMG provider today!

More on this topic, from the American Academy of Dermatology Association: