Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 17, 2015

Sun, Shade, Skin and Protect Yourself

Not to beat a dead horse, but it is such a simple thing to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. The sun can lead to problems from dry skin to wrinkles to skin cancer. I am as guilty as anyone of thinking “I’ll only be out for 10 minutes, I don’t need that hat or sunscreen.” Next thing you know, 30 minutes or more has gone by and although you don’t feel it yet, the sun has left it’s mark on you. You will feel it later and if you’re lucky, it’s only a slight burn this time. But those slight burns add up over time and can cause major, life threatening problems. Diagnosed forms of  melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, have been on the rise over the last 30 years. It is estimated that in 2015, over 73,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed and nearly 10,000 of those diagnosed are expected to die of it.

Even if you don’t chose to take care of your skin, it is imperative that you make sure those in your care (young ones and the elderly) are protected by whatever means necessary when they are exposed to the sun’s rays. It’s like wearing seat belts, it’s a learned thing and by setting an example and making sure children start covering up or using sunscreen when they are younger, they will continue to do so as they grow. Please heed the many warnings out there. Care about yourself and loved ones enough to care about your health and theirs!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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