Sun safety is never out of season. Summer’s arrival means it’s time for picnics, trips to the pool and beach—and a spike in the number of sunburns. But winter skiers and fall hikers should be as wary of the sun’s rays as swimmers. People who work outdoors need to take precautions, too.
The need for sun safety has become clearer over the past 30 years. Studies show that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Harmful rays from the sun—and from sunlamps and tanning beds—may also cause eye problems, weaken your immune system, and give you skin spots, wrinkles, or “leathery” skin.
Sun damage to the body is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. People recognize sunburn as a type of skin damage caused by the sun. Tanning is also a sign of the skin reacting to potentially damaging UV radiation by producing additional pigmentation that provides it with some—but often not enough—protection against sunburn.
To remind everyone to protect their skin and health while enjoying the outdoors, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) has designated May 25, 2012 as “Don’t Fry Day.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency, advisory members of the council, are helping spread the word on sun safety.
Learn more about sun safety for your family in our Kids and Sunscreen blog area.
And remember, never give a child under the age of 19 aspirin or aspirin products for sunburn pain, or for any pain, fever, or illness. You could trigger a deadly disease known as Reye’s Syndrome.
- Infants and Sunscreen
- Children and Teens and Sunscreen
- What is Reye’s Syndrome
- Other Names for Aspirin
- Aspirin Containing Products
- Aspirin Lists – (Lists of RX and OTC Products that Do and Do Not contain aspirin)
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