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Want to significantly reduce your risk of getting a form of cancer?  Simply use sunscreen.

Here are a couple of links to some really good information on sun and UV safety and reducing your risk of getting skin cancer.  

This link has general sun safety information:
http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/bare_facts.html

This link will give you the UV index for the day if you plug in your zip code:
http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html#lookup

A lot of people don't give sun safety much consideration, please think about it again for both yourselves and your families.  

Here are some basic facts:

- There are 1,200,000 NEW cases of skin cancer in the US each year
- Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour
- One blistering sunburn can DOUBLE a child's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer

Adults should wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and children a minimum of SPF 30.

 

 

 

 

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