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As insulation contractors, we’re often out and about, between houses, on roofs, and getting exposed to the sun. Being that July is UV Safety Month, now is the ideal time to be mindful of the sun’s qualities, good and bad.

UV Safety Month

Sunburns frequently happen when we’re not paying attention. Usually, by the time we start to realize we’ve been in the sun for too long it is too late and we’re gazing at lobster versions of ourselves in the bathroom. In addition to sun burns, there are other dangerous factors to excessive sun exposure, skin cancer.

As indicated by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), “The need to shield your skin from the sun has turn out to be clear throughout the years, upheld by a few studies connecting overexposure to the sun with skin malignancy.” But it’s not just the sun that can be destructive; indoor tanning “sunlamps” are in charge of “numerous different intricacies other than skin cancer, for example, eye issues, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles, and rugged skin.”

Avoiding tanning beds and lathering up on sunscreen when venturing outside are great starts to help minimize your potential for skin cancer. The sun’s harmful impacts can even be intensified by certain surfaces like sand, water, snow, and even windows. Be mindful so as to maintain a strategic distance from these things.

Skin cancer is the most widely recognized sort of malignancy, but on the other hand it can be effectively treated if it is discovered early enough. What can you do to support early detection of skin cancer? Being proactive in monitoring your moles is a good start. The industry has come up with the “ABCDE’s” of mole monitoring.

A – Asymmetry: One side looks not the same as the other.
B – Border changes: A sporadic and uneven border.
C – Color changes: Having a mixed bag of diverse colors.
D – Diameter: It’s greater than a pencil eraser.
E – Evolving: Any adjustment in size, shape, shading, or height.

Sun definitely is of value. Moderate amounts of time spent in the sun can be beneficial to you. 10 to 15 minutes a day in the sun is sufficient to adjust your Vitamin D to positive levels. But in the light of UV Safety Month, don’t over expose yourself. Keep sunscreen handy, stay hydrated, and enjoy summer.