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Sun Care

How can I protect myself against getting too much UV radiation?

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  • The best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation are protective clothing, shade and timing. Put these points on your checklist:
    • Don’t get sunburned. Red, sore, blistered or peeling skin means far too much sun -- and raises your skin cancer risk.
    • Unless you're swimming, wear clothes that provide adequate coverage. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants provide the best protection from UV rays -- and they don’t coat your skin with goop.
    • Find shade -- or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade -- they lack the tanning pigments known as melanin to protect their skin.
    • Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at midday.
    • Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that causes cataracts.
This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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