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How to have fun, fun, fun in the sun – while taking steps to protect

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July2009
How to have fun, fun, fun in the sun –
while taking steps to protect yourself
With summertime in full swing, it’s tempting to spend more time outdoors, especially under the sun. Between trips to the beach, lounging
by the pool and barbecues in the backyard, the increased time spent in the sun could mean problems later on.
While some exposure to the sun helps your body make Vitamin D,
which is important for your health, too much sun exposure can be
very harmful.1
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is believed to help cause
wrinkles, loss of elasticity in the skin, age spots and skin cancer,
among other things. In fact, skin cancer is the most common of all
cancer types.2 Long-term exposure to UV rays may also contribute
to the development of various eye disorders, such as age-related
macular degeneration and cataracts.3
If you do decide to spend time in the sun, here are some tips to
help protect you against the damaging UV rays: 1,4
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L imit the time you spend in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
S pend your time outdoors in the shade or wear protective
clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats.
A lways wear a sunscreen with a minimum 15 sun protection factor (SPF).
Be sure to reapply the sunscreen throughout your time in the sun, especially when spending time in water.
Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s two types of rays, UVA and UVB, to protect your vision.
And if you think tanning beds are the way to go for a harmless tan, think again: Tanning lamps give out UVA and frequently UVB rays
as well.1
If you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist to have it checked out. Skin cancer is very
treatable when caught early.5
American Cancer Society. How Do I Protect Myself from UV? cancer.org.
American Cancer Society. Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection. cancer.org.
American Academy of Ophthalmology. UV Safety. aao.org.
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SunWise Program. Sun Safety Action Steps. epa.gov.
American Academy of Dermatology. Be Sun Smart SM. aad.org.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of: In Colorado and Nevada: Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc. In Connecticut: Anthem Health Plans, Inc. In Georgia: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. In Indiana: Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc. In Kentucky: Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc. In Maine: Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc. In Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area): RightCHOICEВ® Managed Care, Inc. (RIT), Healthy AllianceВ® Life Insurance Company
(HALIC), and HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates administer non-HMO benefits underwritten by HALIC and HMO benefits underwritten by HMO Missouri, Inc. RIT and certain affiliates only provide administrative services for self-funded plans and do not
underwrite benefits. In New Hampshire: Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc. In Ohio: Community Insurance Company. In Virginia (serving Virginia excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123): Anthem Health Plans
of Virginia, Inc. In Wisconsin: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin (“BCBSWi”) underwrites or administers the PPO and indemnity policies; Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation (“Compcare”) underwrites or administers the HMO policies; and Compcare
and BCBSWi collectively underwrite or administer the POS policies. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.В®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols
are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
Please consult your physician for specific advice regarding recommendations for your individual circumstances.
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