I love holiday weekends – they always include some fun in the sun with family and friends.  Where I live now it also means pool, lake or beach get-togethers.  All great, with one big, big request and that is to PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN.  

While the sun is our friend, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that reducing unprotected exposure to the sun and artificial light from tanning beds, tanning booths, and sun lamps can lower the risk of skin cancer.

OK, we all know that, so why aren’t we doing something about it? Simple steps like using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, or seeking shade every time we step outside can do a great deal to protect us.  Yet, the NIH’s latest trend data shows that only 58% of adults are protecting themselves from the sun and adults 25 years and older have increased their use of tanning beds.  For these people, leathery skin, wrinkles, age spots and the dreaded skin cancer may be in their future.  That is too often the result of too much sun exposure.  

One big concern of mine is for parents who aren’t protecting themselves or their children from the sun.  According to a study published in the February 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published by the American Academy of Pediatrics), only 25 percent of children use sunscreen regularly.  In the same study, it was found that at least 25 percent of the participating children experienced sunburns before the age of 11.  

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