May 23, 2016
Post By: Children's Health
It’s summer, which means outdoor activities are in full swing. With temperatures increasing fast and skin cancer on the rise in young adults, it’s important to protect your kids from the blazing Texas sun. These sun safety tips will help you do just that.
The National Cancer Institute released statistics saying melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
According to Dr. Nnenna Agim, division director of Dermatology at Children’s Medical Center and assistant professor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, the sun damage slowly accumulated throughout childhood comes back to haunt you as skin cancer in adulthood. Using sunscreen and protective clothing will lessen the chances of sunburn and reduce the risk of cancer.
Dermatology experts at Children’s also recommend keeping the following items in mind when preparing to be outside:
Be safe in the sun this summer because a few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. Visit EWG's Guide to Sunscreens to find out more sun safety tips and what sunscreens are best for you and your children’s needs.
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