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When the Sun's Up, Make Sure You are Covered Up

July 16, 2018

This UV Safety Month serves as a reminder for all Floridians and visitors to protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause damage to your skin and cause skin cancer.

There are two common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are curable. Melanoma is less common but is more dangerous and can sometimes result in death. These three types of skin cancer are mostly caused by overexposure to UV light.


The department recommends the following tips to enjoy the Florida sunshine safely:

  • Always use broad spectrum (blocks UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15 if you are outside, and reapply every two hours or after contact with water;
  • Seek shade when the sun is strongest;
  • Wear hats and other protective clothing;
  • Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays; and
  • Avoid indoor tanning.


Protecting yourself from harmful UV light is important year-round, especially in Florida. Make sure you are protecting yourself and your loved ones from this common but potentially serious type of cancer.


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The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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