Sun Safety

Preventing and Treating Common Skin Conditions Among Athletes

No matter the sport, athletes are prone to five dermatologic issues: blisters, turf burns, athlete's foot, acne mechanica and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Here are some prevention and treatment tips from a dermatologist.

Preventing Skin Cancer: Tips for Winter

Protecting your skin from skin cancer isn't just important in the hot summer sun. The risk is high in the winter as well, especially around snow or at a higher elevation. As part of the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative, here are some tips on skin cancer prevention and detection from professional skier and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso.

New Survey Ranks the Nation's Most and Least Sun-Smart Cities

The  "Suntelligence: How Sun Smart is Your City?" survey polled more than 7,000 adults nationwide to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward tanning, sun protection and skin cancer detection. The results showed that, while most people are concerned about skin cancer, they still need to modify their attitudes, behavior and knowledge in order to Be Sun Smart®.

Skin Cancer: Athletes At Increased Risk

Summer and winter outdoor athletes are at increased risk of skin cancer because training and competition exposes them to higher amounts of UV light, says a new study. Sun protection strategies, including sunscreens and sun protective clothing, may help to reduce this risk for athletes.

Keep an Eye on UV Safety

June is UV (ultraviolet light) Safety Awareness Month, and through its EyeSmartTMcampaign the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds Americans of the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun's harmful rays by wearing proper protection.

Sunscreen Use: Surprising Statistics

Twenty-seven percent of parents with kids under twelve years old saythey never or only sometimes apply sunscreen on their kids when they're outside for 2 to 4 hours, says a new Consumer Reports poll. And 14 percent say they don't even apply sunscreen on their kids when they're outside for more than four hours.
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