With summer solstice coming up-the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere-now is as good a time as any to remind everyone not to forget their sunscreen. According to the FDA, over 10,000 people die each year from skin cancer. Unless you plan on staying out of the sun all summer, sunscreen is your #1 protection from UV rays and indirect DNA damage that can lead to cancers like melanoma.
Yet, even though UV rays are carcinogens for the human body, weakening the immune system and radiating skin, why do so many people leave their sunscreen at home? I’ve heard every excuse in the book.
“I’m only going to be on the court for an hour.”
“I never wore sunscreen as a kid.”
“My skin doesn’t burn.”
“I’m wearing a hat today.”
“It’s cloudy out.”
Why take the gamble? UV rays are practically everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a hat, sitting in the shade, or the gray morning haze has yet to burn off. Even if you never feel burned from the sun, damage from UV radiation is not something to mess around with. Play it safe, protect your skin, and have fun in the sun this summer!