Exposure to too many Ultraviolet (UV) rays can result in serious skin damage and in some cases, skin cancer. In recognition of UV Safety Month, July, Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC) urges its patients and members of the community to recognize the negative effects too much sun can have on one’s skin and follow precautions to stay safe this summer.
“Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States,” said SMMC primary care physician, William DiGiacamo, M.D. “UV rays from the sun are not only the main cause of skin cancer, but can also cause significant damage to skin including wrinkles, blotches and spots. Luckily, all of these effects from getting too much sun can be prevented.”
Dr. DiGiacamo recommends taking the following steps to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage:
• Limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—when the sun is strongest.
• Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and remember to reapply frequently.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
• Stay in the shade whenever it is possible.
• Check your skin regularly for changes.
“It is important to remember that one can get sunburned even on a cloudy day,” added Dr. DiGiacamo. “Taking precautions in the sun is vital when enjoying the outdoors—even if the sun is not shining strong.”
For a physician referral or more information about SMMC, please call 973-877-5000, or visit www.smmcnj.org.
Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching and research center in the heart of Newark’s business and educational district. Saint Michael’s Medical Center is currently a member of CHE-Trinity Health. More information is available at www.smmcnj.org.