HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently partnered with the Effingham Park District to provide the Kluthe Memorial Pool with a sunscreen station.
The sunscreen station includes SPF 30 sunscreen and a sign with tips for sunscreen application for parents and children. While pool staff had previously kept sunscreen on hand for children, the sunscreen station will provide free, easy access to protection from the Sun’s UV rays.
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is encouraging everyone to take precautions when dealing with the Sun’s UV rays. People who burn easily, and those who are fair-skinned, face a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Nevertheless, everyone can develop this disease and should protect their skin. Thankfully, skin cancer is easy to prevent and detect. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recommends following these tips to enjoy the outdoors, while protecting your health.
- Wear a sunscreen that protects you from UV-A and UV-B rays. UV-B rays cause sunburns and UV-A rays increase the risk for skin cancer. Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
- Cover up by wearing sunglasses with UV protection that absorbs 99% of UV rays or wear a wide brim hat that shields your ears, neck, face, and chest from the sun.
- Remember that 10:00am through 4:00pm is the most hazardous concerning UV exposure, outdoors. Taking a break in the shade throughout your day will reduce your exposure.
- Check your skin regularly for changes. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change in skin appearance. Report any changes to your doctor.
For more information about skin cancer protection, visit http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin.
Tabitha Bailey puts sunscreen on her daughter, Kennedy, at the Kluthe Memorial Pool in Effingham.