Protection from sun stressed during UV safety month in Missouri

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 11:09 a.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Amid the summer heat, state health officials are urging Missourians to protect themselves from the sun.

UV Safety Awareness Month starts Wednesday, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reminding the public about the importance of avoiding sunburn.

Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays increases the risk of cataracts and skin cancer. State officials said exposure to sunlight leads to 20,000 new skin cancer cases in Missouri each year.

Health officials recommended using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15, wearing sunglasses that block UV-A and UV-B rays and trying to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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