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July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month photo depicting the sun over mountains.

July is UV Safety Month photo depicting the sun over mountains.

Thursday, July 15, 2021
The bight ultraviolet (UV) rays and warm temperatures of summer draw many to bask in the sun and enjoy more outdoor activities but it is important to protect yourself from skin and vision health complications.

July is recognized as UV Safety Awareness Month and the DC VA Medical Center’s health care team wants to ensure you and your family safely enjoy the dog days of summer.

UV radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is created by the sun in two forms: UVA, which can age the skin and UVB, which can burn the skin. Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can damage the skin, causing premature aging, skin cancer, eyelid cancer and cataracts. Long-term exposure to UV rays can increase your risk of muscular degeneration and eye disease which may lead to vision loss.

To safely enjoy outdoor activities, consider a few easy steps this summer:

  • Avoid peak sun exposure times, limit outdoor activities to early morning and later evening.
  • Wear UV blocking sunglasses which protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wear a broad brim hat to shield your face.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, preferably SPF 30.
  • Wear light clothing and cover your arms and legs.

Enjoy summer activities. Get outside and get active but remember to do it safely, making your skin and eye health a priority. If you have concerns about your skin or eye health, do not hesitate to contact your VA primary care provider. 

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