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National Health Observance Toolkit - July

UV Safety Month

Sponsor: American Academy of Ophthalmology External Link

UV Safety  MonthUV Safety Month is a great time to spread the message of sun, fun, and UV safety to your community. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays can also damage your eyes.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

  • White or light-colored skin with freckles
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes

You can take these steps to help prevent skin cancer:

  • Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for any changes.

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Get the Word Out

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Q. What is the main cause of skin cancer?
A. Being exposed to UV radiation from the sun. Learn more:
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Warmer weather often means being outside more. When it comes to sun, be sure to take care of your skin:
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Be cool. Wear your shades. UV rays can hurt your eyes. Get more tips for healthy eyes:
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Did you know? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Learn how to protect your skin:
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Calculate your risk. Free tool to see how at-risk you may be for skin cancer:
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CDC:  Prevent Skin Cancer

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Get Involved

Take action to raise awareness about UV Safety and skin cancer prevention.

  1. Host a tree-planting event. Ask your organization’s leaders to plant trees around the building for members to enjoy the outdoors while staying in the shade. Consider teaming up with local environmental organizations for cross-promotion.
  2. Post skin safety tips near major entrances for members of your organization to read before stepping out into the sun.
  3. Send a memo with vacation tips to your members. Encourage them to bring sunscreen, wear hats, and to avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  4. Ask a health professional (a local dermatologist, registered nurse, public health official, etc.) to demonstrate how to check skin regularly for skin-cancer warning signs.
  5. Host an indoor family health fair with recreational activities.

Adapted from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Contact the American Academy of Ophthalmology External Link at for more information and materials.

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