Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Idaho consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the highest incidence and death rates for skin cancer and melanoma. That means more people are being diagnosed and dying from Melanoma each year. Protection from the sun is important for all ages and skin types. Skin damages from the sun can happen fast! Without proper protection, it can take less than 20 minutes for your skin to burn in a high UV index area. Also, studies show that even just a few sunburns paired with recreational tanning can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
Be AWARE of these Sun Safety Tips:
Apply – Broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
Wear – UV-protection clothing
Avoid – Direct sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm
Re-apply – Broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen
Enjoy – The outdoors with these tips
Eastern Idaho Public Health works with community partners to implement sun safety measures throughout our region, Those sun safety measures can be implemented at recreational facilities, tourism sites, restauraunt patios, zoos, water parks, daycares, and more. Contact us if you would like to implement sun safety prevention measures near you.