July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month!

What is UV radiation?

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun and man-made sources like tanning beds and welding torches.

UV radiation is divided into 3 main groups:

Sunlight is the main form of UV Radiation. The strength of them depends on the time of the day. You can check you local weather to avoid the time of day that will be the worst. It also can depend on the season, the altitude, and the contents of the air. Tanning Beds, Black lamps, and phototherapy aslo have UV rays, but they are man made. Studies have shown that people who use tanning beds have a highger risk for basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, both types of skin cancer.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun!

**Some info taken from the American Cancer Society**

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