Cumberland County Health Department Offers
Tips To Avoid Sunburn And Skin Cancer
The Cumberland County Health Department is providing simple measures residents can take to reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
“Too much sun exposure can become damaging to a person’s health,” said George Sartorio, health officer of the Cumberland County Health Department. “That is why it is very important to wear the appropriate clothing to help prevent sunburn or skin cancer.”
Skin damage caused by sunburn can build up over time and contribute to the risk of skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
People from all racial and ethnic groups can develop skin cancer, though those with lighter skin are at much greater risk, particularly of developing its most deadly form, melanoma. Nearly 3,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year in New Jersey.
According to the Health Department’s release, it’s important to use sun protection even on cloudy or cool days as damaging sun rays can go through clouds and burn the skin.
A UVA and UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater should be used, and wearing a hat with a four-inch brim that shades eyes, face and the back of the neck is also recommended. Wearing sunglasses will protect the eyes from UV rays, protect the skin around the eyes and also reduce the risk of cataracts.
The Health Department recommends wearing protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when possible and avoiding outdoor activities during midday when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. Shade should be sought under an umbrella, tree or other shelter whenever possible.
For more information on skin cancer, contact the Cumberland County Health Department at (856) 327-7602 or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.