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1. UV intensity peaks mid-day and on the Summer Solstice (June 21st in the Northern Hemisphere). Therefore it is easier, on average, to sunburn in May CMPF 8511 r6F 1than August.
➢ This is important because the UV Index is a measure of sun damage risk. To lean more download a free UV app (EPA, UVUS) on your smartphone.
2. Sunscreen is an over–the-counter medication with a dose and frequency of application. To use this medication properly: apply a handful of BROAD SPECTRUM product to cover the entire body, 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours or more often if perspiring or exposed to water.
➢ This is important to know because if you apply 1/3 of the sunscreen dose then you get 1/3 of the protection. Most sunburns in sunscreen users are due to inadequate dosing and failure to reapply.
3. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine reissued their dietary reference for vitamin D, recommending that we obtain the required dose from food and oral supplements not sun exposure.
➢ This is important because only the most damaging, midday, burning (UVB) rays, are capable of metabolizing vitamin D in the skin.
4. Sun protection clothing is superior to sunscreen in providing UV protection.
➢ This is important because the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) in specialized clothing, unlike sunscreen, never loses its UV protection.
5. A tan is a compensatory protective mechanism and a sign of sun damage.
➢ This is important to know because a tan develops following overexposure to UV radiation when our melanocytes (pigment producing cells) release additional melanin to protect us from further damage.
6. We are not born with freckles but rather a genetic predisposition to develop them.
➢ This is important because freckles develop at sites of overexposure and are a sign of sun damage and skin cancer risk.
7. Moles come in different types and impart different risks for skin cancer.
➢ This is important because a congenital mole (present at birth), or typical (small, round, symmetrical, even color) and atypical (larger than an eraser head, irregular in shape or color) have varying degrees of malignant potential.
8. 1/3 of melanomas in men develop on their back.
➢ This is important because men need to “Watch their Back” or have someone else look for new or changing growths.
9. Melanoma has increased in children by 2% per year for the past thirty years and 72% of melanoma cases in children occur in teenage girls between 15 to 19 years old.
➢ This is important because American girls are exposing themselves to UV rays (natural and artificial sources) starting at a very young age to achieve a tan.
10. Most people do not realize that the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer in 2014.
➢ This is important because the Surgeon General has called on all Americans to learn about UV radiation and protect themselves from overexposure.

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