Too Much Sun | Self-Managing Chronic Illness
Don’t forget the sunscreen — and sunglasses!
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it’s also one of the most preventable. The American Cancer Society’s awareness campaign for skin cancer prevention promotes the slogan “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!” which is a catch phrase that reminds people of the 4 key ways they can protect themselves from UV radiation:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
- Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them
Like skin, eyes never recover from UV exposure and many effects are cumulative. Both adults and children’s eyes should be protected all year long. Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UV protection should be worn whenever outside in daylight and especially between the hours of 10 to 4 when UV light is more intense.
For more information about sun safety see www.cancer.org and http://www.fda.gov or call FRCOG Cooperative Public Health Service Nurse Lisa White, RN at 413-665-1400 x114.
Dealing with an on-going health problem of your own or someone you care for?
The Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) regional public health nurse provides direct assistance to individuals and their family members to be effective managers of their own care. Free to residents, this service is provided through the Town’s membership in the CPHS.
- Medication Management
- Symptom Management
- Goal setting, planning and decision-making
- Connecting with services and support
For more information call Public Health Nurse Lisa White, RN at 665-1400 x 114.