Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Awareness Week

This week is Sun Safe­ty Aware­ness Week, but real­ly — every day is a chance to pro­tect your skin against skin can­cer.  Over­ex­po­sure to the sun can result in skin can­cer lat­er in life. What are your fam­i­ly’s risks from expo­sure to pow­er­ful UV rays? Con­sid­er these facts and sta­tis­tics from Sun Safe­ty Alliance — It’s a real­ly great web­site, so do have a look!

The Dan­gers of UV Expo­sure
* You can sun­burn even on a cloudy day.
* On aver­age, chil­dren get 3 times more expo­sure than adults.
* Con­crete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s UV rays.
* Deple­tion of Earth­’s ozone con­tin­ues to increase your expo­sure to UV rays.

Skin Can­cer 

* In some parts of the world, melanoma is increas­ing at rates faster than any oth­er can­cer.
* More than 1.2 mil­lion new cas­es of skin can­cer are diag­nosed each year in the US.
* Melanoma, the dead­liest form of skin can­cer, kills one per­son every hour.
* One blis­ter­ing sun­burn can dou­ble a child’s life­time risk of devel­op­ing skin can­cer.