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Play it Safe in the Sun

Did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your chances of getting skin cancer later in life?

How can I prevent my child from getting too much sun?

Seek shade- whenever possible avoid the midday sun which has the strongest UV rays and does the most damage. Use umbrellas, tents, and trees for shade.

Cover your head- hats are a great way to provide shade to the face. 80% of skin cancers occur on the head and neck.

Wear sunscreen! Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to protect your skin from getting burned. Don’t forget the ears, nose, lips, and top of the feet.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

If your child’s skin starts turning pink, go inside. It can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the full effect of sun exposure, so if they are turning pink now, tomorrow they may be burned.

*For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/chooseyourcover

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