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August is Summer Sun Safety Month

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Improper usage of sunscreen by your viewers may cause the very burn they are trying to prevent. Five bad sunburns can double your lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sunscreen only when applied or used properly will help.  

The UVA ray are primarily responsible for skin again also. The sun protection factor, or SPF, number on a bottle of sunscreen only measures UVB protection, he said. Labels will now show the phrase "broad-spectrum," which means protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The FDA added a warning to sunscreen with an SPF under 15 that says the product hasn't been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging. Another proposed regulation would require anything over SPF 50 to be labeled 50-plus.

Dr. Shannon Trotter, a dermatologist from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, shared some common sunscreen mistakes:
  1. Forgetting to hold your breathe - Spray on sunscreens are dangerous if inhaled.
  2. Paying more for higher S-P-F ratings - anything over SPF 30 does not offer significantly more protection.
  3. Assuming sunscreen is waterproof - no brand is water “proof”   
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