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Here are two important facts related to why we all need to pay attention to sun exposure this month, this summer and all year round.

1. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, affecting more than two million people annually – and over the past three decades more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

2. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer – and a prime cause of wrinkles and blotchy skin.

Eastern Shore residents see the value of screenings

In early May of this year, Riverside Shore Memorial held a skin cancer screening for members of the community. Of the 59 adults who were screened at that time, 41 of them required a follow-up examination. This high percentage of sun damage offers two important lessons for all Riverside team members and their families. During July and its designation of UV Safety Month, as well as any other time when you're exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, protect your skin as carefully as possible. And know the potential signs of skin cancer and make sure you get a screening whether or not you have any specific concerns.

A good time to raise your awareness

As UV Safety Month, July is a good time to raise our awareness about skin cancer and what we can do, and how we help others, toHappy-Smiling-Sun avoid it. Educate yourself on how you can protect yourself personally and if you are a parent of younger children, it's particularly important to help them adopt good sun protection habits as soon as possible.

We all enjoy those wonderful sunny days when we're at the beach, recreating, gardening, exercising outdoors or simply running errands. But a little planning and a lot of awareness of the sun's potential for damage will help us stay healthier throughout the beautiful (usually) Virginia summer.

Be sure to read the articles in this issue of your My Healthy Lifestyle newsletter to learn more about responsible fun in the sun.