Read More About It @ the Brickell Library: Sunscreen

It’s July – bet you have been having lots of fun in the sun – picnics, beach outings & bike rides!  Have you been protecting yourself and family members from the sun’s harmful ultraviolent (UV) rays?   Here are some “cool” sites to visit to answer your questions.

According to The American Cancer Society “unprotected and /or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV)  radiation is a risk factor for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers”.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer.   Wearing sunscreen is one of the recommended ways to protect yourself from skin cancer.

O.K, now what number sun protection factor (SPF) you should we be wearing?

EVMS Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dr. Bryan Carroll  encourages us to wear a higher SPF sunscreen since many of us don’t apply the recommended amount of sunscreen. He also recommends applying sunscreen 15 mins before we go outside. Watch a video about sunscreen and learn more from  Dr. Carroll at

Did you know  that you should be wearing sunscreen all year?

The Center for Disease Control warns that “protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach.  UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright sunny days”.  Before you know it September will be here – don’t pack that sunscreen away!

Learn about skin cancer prevention and causes – visit;
The American Cancer Society – Skin Cancer Facts
The Center for Disease Control – Skin Cancer Prevention
The Mayo Clinic – Best Sunscreen: Understanding Sunscreen Options
The National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus – Sun Exposure

This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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