Here comes the Sun

Healthy skin and protection against skin cancer begins in childhood.


Healthy skin – and protection against skin cancer – begins in childhood.

Everyone enjoys spending time in the warm sunshine, but too much sun exposure can cause serious health problems. Studies have found that excessive ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause skin cancer in adulthood. Children undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may also be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure your child’s skin is protected from the sun at all times. Use these tips to ensure your child is well protected and understands the importance of sun safety.

Use these tips to teach your family about sun safety.
  1. Use a minimum of SPF 30. Apply 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. SPF 30 will block out 97% of UVB rays, which are the more dangerous burning rays.
  2. Apply sunscreen every 2 hours. Apply a thick layer and reapply after swimming. Keep track of the freshness date on the package.
  3. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid peak hours of damaging rays between late morning and early afternoon.
  4. Wear a hat. If the hat doesn’t protect the ears, be sure to apply sunscreen to the ears and back of neck.
  5. Wear UV-protective sunglasses.
  6. Wear UV-protective clothing. Long-sleeve shirts and long pants, when appropriate, will protect your child’s skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
  7. Avoid indoor tanning beds. They contain the same dangerous UV rays as natural sun exposure.
  8. Set a good example. The sun habits you practice will protect your family now and down the road.

If you have any additional questions and/or would like more information, contact Annie Kessler, at 314.446.5225 or