The snow is behind us, the sun is shining, and New Hampshire residents are eager to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. However, it is crucial to remember that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to our skin, particularly during the spring and summer months. Mid-State Health Center is pleased to offer valuable tips to help residents protect themselves from the sun’s harmful effects this summer:
- Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, reapplying every two hours or after swimming or sweating, as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
- Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, to shield yourself from direct sun exposure.
- Seek shade during the peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to minimize UV radiation exposure.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, as prolonged exposure to the sun can cause dehydration.
“The sun can be very harmful to our skin, and it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves,” said Dr. David Fagan, Medical Director at Mid-State Health Center “By following these simple tips, we can reduce our risk of skin damage and skin cancer, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.”
According to DHHS, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed each year. However, skin cancer is highly preventable, and by taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful effects, we can reduce our risk of developing skin cancer.
“We encourage all residents to take sun safety seriously and make it a part of their daily routine,” said Dr. Fagan. “By doing so, we can enjoy the beautiful weather that spring and summer bring, while also protecting our skin and our health.”
For more information on sun safety, visit the DHHS website or talk to your Mid-State Health Center provider.