July Is UV Awareness Month

Did you know July has been named Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Awareness Month? It was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of educating people about the consequences of UV radiation exposure to the human body’s largest organ: skin. Many people associate July with enjoyment in the sun. However, with beach and barbeque weather comes increased exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are the leading cause of skin cancer. UV light is a kind of radiation emitted by the sun. UV radiation can also be obtained through tanning beds and sunlamps. Most people make the mistake of believing that UV radiation from artificial sources is safer. They are equally harmful to your skin and eyes as direct sunshine. UV rays are classified into three types:

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA)

  • Ultraviolet B (UVB)

  • Ultraviolet C (UVC)

UV light is defined by wavelength, which is the distance between peaks in a succession of waves. UVA has the longest wavelength and can enter the middle layer of your skin. UVB is the second longest wavelength and can penetrate your skin's outer layer. UVC has the shortest wavelength, and the ozone layer absorbs all UVC rays generated by the sun. The only way you may be exposed to UVC radiation is if you use a tanning bed or a sunlamp.

Wearing sunscreen and eyewear that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB light will help shield you from the sun's damaging rays. It's especially important between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are at their peak. You might believe that UV exposure is only a problem in the summer. Your risk may be higher if you spend more time outside in the summer, but UV rays may reach you on overcast days and at any time of year.

Our goal at Feinstein Dermatology is to educate patients on skin damage prevention and provide exceptional care when needed. If you’re due for your annual skin check, or if you notice any recent changes in your skin, come see our team experts. Our zen Delray location and helpful, caring staff will put your mind at ease. Most importantly, at Feinstein Dermatology, your skin is in the very best hands. Call (561) 498-4407 to book an appointment today. Early detection is the #1 way to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

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