Mississippi State Department of Health

Sun and Heat Safety


Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the most serious environmental risk factor for skin and lip cancer. Even a few serious sunburns can double your lifetime risk of cancer.

Why It Matters

Sun Safety

Adults of all ages – and especially children – should take steps against sun exposure from April through September:

Heat Hazards

Summer also brings prolonged high temperatures that can cause illness and even death. The elderly, children, and people with certain medical conditions such as heart disease are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Recognizing and responding quickly to these risks is essential.

Links referenced on this page
More sunscreen tips    https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm239463.htm
More about protecting yourself from sun exposure and skin cancer    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what to do about them    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,3942,98,261,html ok

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