The Dangers of Sun Exposure

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Sun Protection

With blooming flowers and warmer temperatures comes the temptation to bask in the sun. But before getting out the lawn chair and tanning oil, remember that the sun’s UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin, skin cancer and sometimes even eye damage. Increased awareness and changing attitudes about tanning have brought about a slew of safe ways to guard you from UV exposure. Use the Web resources in this guide to learn about sun protection.

The Dangers of Sun Exposure

Though most everyone is aware that sun exposure can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, most people would find the actual statistics chilling. Up to 90 percent of skin changes commonly thought to be a part of aging are actually caused by the sun, and the sun is responsible for 90 percent of all skin cancers. Read on for Web sites offering straightforward facts on the dangers of sun exposure.

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  • Seasonal variations, varying weather conditions and ozone depletion all contribute to different amounts of UV radiation reaching the Earth on any given day. Take a look at the UV Index forecast map to see the level of solar UV radiation in your area, and be sure to protect yourself appropriately.
  • According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. For a complete guide to skin cancer, including what causes it and how to prevent and treat it, see the findingDulcinea Skin Cancer Web Guide.
  • There has been some debate in the media over the amount of UV exposure required for proper vitamin D production within the body. Be sure to see the “For information on Vitamin D” sites below to make an informed decision.

Top Sites for the Dangers of Sun Exposure

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Sun Protection

There’s more to sun protection than wearing sunscreen. Use the Web sites in this section to discover what you can do to keep your child safe from UV rays, find information that will appeal to teens and learn about recommended sun-protective clothing and accessories. You’ll even find information on sunburn relief.

Insights for Sun Protection

  • As if health risks aren’t reason enough to avoid the sun, there’s another reason: Fashion and beauty insiders say tanning is so last season. Watch the video on the Skin Cancer Foundation site to hear Jane Larkworthy, W Magazine beauty director, talk about how “Skin that’s not tanned is gorgeous.”
  • Still insist on tanning? At least educate yourself on the sunless tanning options available; see the “Tanning” section of the findingDulcinea Skin Care Web Guide for more information.

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