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.

Serious sunburns, especially during childhood and adolescence, can double the chance of developing malignant melanoma, one of the most serious and deadly forms of skin cancer. Unprotected skin can be harmed by UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effects of sun exposure.

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
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

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