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SMMC offers tips to stay safe in the sun

As part of the observance of UV Safety Month, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, is urging its patients and members of the community to take precautions this summer against exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which can result in serious skin damage and in some cases, skin cancer.

“Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States,” said SMMC primary care physician, Dr. William DiGiacamo. “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,” he said.

DiGiacamo recommends taking the following steps to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage:

• Limit your sun exposure be tween 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, call 973-877-5000, or visit www.smmcnj.org.

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