Sun Exposure Ten Ways To Protect Yourself

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As ozone depletion becomes more marked and as people around the world engage more
in sun seeking behavior, the risk of developing health complications from over­­-exposure to
UV (ULTAVIOLET) radiation is becoming a substantial public health concern.”
­-DR LEE JONG
­-WOOK, FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANZATION.

  1. Limit your exposure during the midday hours between 10: 00 am and 4:00 pm, when UV radiation is particularly intense.
  2. Cover your arms and legs with tightly woven, loose fitting clothes.
  3. Wear a wide­- brimmed hat to protect your eyes, ears, faces, and back of your neck.
  4. Try to stay in the shade.
  5. Never fall asleep in the sun.
  6. Be careful to protect babies and young children whose skin is particularly delicate.
  7. If you develop a mole, a freckle, or a sport that you are concerned about, sees your doctor.
  8. Use­-and liberally reapply every two hours-a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
  9. Since sun beds and sunlamps use UV radiation, which may damage the skin, WHO recommends avoiding them.
  10. Good-quality , wraparound sunglasses, or sunglasses with side panels, that provide 99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB (categories of ultraviolet light) protection will greatly reduce the risk of the eye damage.
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