As the summer weather warms up and people begin leaving their homes more, it’s important to take precautions when enjoying time outside. This includes physical distancing and wearing a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as practicing sun safety habits for better long-term health. When you don’t protect your skin, the ultraviolet (or UV) rays from sunlight can damage the DNA in your skin cells, causing premature aging, eye damage and, in some cases, skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and the incidence of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—has doubled over the last three decades. Many misconceptions exist around sun exposure and the negative effects of UV rays on your health. Regence Executive Medical Director Dr. Jim Polo helps distinguish myth from fact.
July 07, 2020