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    SWArticle: The healthiness of humor

    <re shedding the winter wardrobe and going to lie on the bald spot, remember that the spring sunshine can be hard on skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics, one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Day-to-day exposure to the sun affects skin cancer risk level. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the sun safely:

    1. Wear sunscreen- SPF 15 or higher, apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours (or more often if activities involve swimming or a high level of perspiration).

    2. The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Going to the library during this part of the day is preferable. However, sitting in the shade and wear protective clothing (hats, long sleeves, etc.) can help protect the skin.

    3. Avoid burning. A sunburn actually does damage to the DNA of your skin cells, and significantly increases your risk of more serious complications in the long run.

    4. Protect your eyes- sun exposure can damage your eyes too, specifically the retina. Wear sunglasses, especially if you have sensitive eyes, and avoid looking directly at the sun.

    5. Remember to take these same steps to protect yourself even when it is cloudy outside. As much as 90% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.

    6. Avoiding the sun completely is not the answer: the sun has a lot of health benefits too, especially in the way of mood enhancement and better sleep.  So take precautions to protect your skin and enjoy the sunshine!

    Sources: World Health Organization: Ultraviolet Radiation, Skin Cancer Foundation, Mayo Medical Clinic

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