Medical Minute

Summer Sun Isn't Always Fun

Date: 06/26/2019


Summer is upon us and it’s a good idea to stay proactive when it comes to your exposure to sunlight. Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you’re in the sun.

Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet, or UV rays, which can lead to a greater risk of skin cancer if you’re not careful. There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays. One of the best ways is to simply stay in the shade. The American Cancer Society has several different ways to remember how to limit your UV exposure. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen or slap on a hat. And always remember to wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and the skin around them.

You don’t have to avoid the sun completely but getting too much sun can be harmful.

                                                                     -Kelsey Nadeau
                                                                      Northern Light Dermatology