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Sun Protection Tips

Beware the Danger of the Sun

We live in southern California and we fly model airplanes. We are out in the sun, a lot. And most of us have been exposing ourselves (so to speak) for many years. The bad news is that sun damage is cumulative. The results of sun damage range from unpleasant (wrinkles, spots, flaky patches) to fatal (melanoma). A member recently had a melanoma removed from the back of his hand. How many of us go out of our way to keep the sun off the back of our hands? And what part of us is exposed more often? Here are some tips - it's not too late to start.

  • Minimize sun exposure during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun is strongest. Try to plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when out in the sun. Choose tightly-woven materials for greater protection from the sun's rays. (It may not be fashionable but neither is skin cancer. Native desert dwellers never get skin cancer because they cover from head to toe.) --->
  • Apply a sunscreen before every exposure to the sun, and reapply frequently and liberally, at least every two hours, as long as you stay in the sun. The sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming or perspiring heavily, since products differ in their degrees of water resistance. I recommend sunscreens with as SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more printed on the label.
  • Don't forget to use your sunscreen on overcast days. The sun's rays are as damaging to your skin on cloudy, hazy days as they are on sunny days.
  • Individuals at high risk for skin cancer (outdoor workers, fair-skinned individuals, and persons who have already had skin cancer) should apply sunscreens daily.
  • If you develop an allergic reaction to your sunscreen, change sunscreens. One of the many products on the market today should be right for you.
  • Beware of reflective surfaces! Sand, water and concrete can reflect more than half the sun's rays onto your skin. Sitting in the shade does not guarantee protection from sunburn.

 

 


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Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus
376 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA 91007  map it
7:30 Second Wednesday each month
 

 



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