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UV Safety Month

Summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright it’s a golden time to highlight July as UV Safety Awareness Month!

UV Safety Awareness Month happens every July. The campaign has been promoted by organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The month is a reminder of the connection between ultraviolet (UV) light and cancers of the skin, eye, and lip, and to educate people about effective UV protection. By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.

Exposure to UV rays, both natural (from the sun) and artificial (for example from tanning beds, gel manicure lamps, or welding torches) causes most skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell cancers and melanoma. UV exposure is also linked to merkel cell carcinoma and lip cancer.

See Cancer Health’s Skin Cancer Basics, Melanoma Basics, and Cancer Prevention Basics pages, and news and information about skin cancer, melanoma, and sun protection.

Learn more about UV safety from Federal Occupational Health agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Health Organization.

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