Wear your Sunscreen!

Macy Biggs, contributor

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Skin is the largest organ of the body and is at risk for damage from the sun and its rays.  The sun puts out ultraviolet rays that harm skin by being carcinogens. It also damages cells and blood vessels, which is cause by a sunburn.  This can lead to skin cancers, of which 90% are caused by sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. However, there are ways to protect skin from the damage that the sun can cause.  

 

According to Florida Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centers, “Sunscreen is an effective protective agent against damage from the sun’s powerful rays for all ages, genders, and skin types.”  Sunscreen is an active ingredient found in creams, lotions, and other topical items that is used to protect skin from harmful rays of the sun.  It is recommended that everyone apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapplied every 2 hours to ensure protected skin.  

 

It is very important to apply sunscreen to keep your skin cells healthy!  Remember that your skin is at risk for damage from the sun anytime, even in cloudy weather.  Protect your skin with sunscreen and protect yourself from risk of skin cancer!