Health & Wellness fun in the sun

Published on July 5th, 2012 | by Dr. Cristina Garcia


Fun in the Sun

With summer fast approaching along with our wonderful proximity to the most beautiful beach around, it’s important to take a moment to take a few precautions against excessive sun exposure. Going out in the sun is fun but we must be careful about the risks involved. Melanoma is a serious skin cancer and can be triggered by spending too much time in the sun without using the proper protection. You can help protect your family from the dangers of skin cancer by taking a few preventative steps.

Reduce your risk:

  • Ensure each person in your family applies sunscreen before heading outside. This is the first step that can be taken to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
  • When to put on sunscreen- Rub it on half an hour before exposure to the sun. Your skin needs time to absorb the sunscreen.
  • Make sure to apply sunscreen to every area- Ears, feet, and behind the legs are common places that get missed when applying sunscreen.
  • The worst hours for going out in the sun are from 10 AM to 4 PM, (prime beach time) this is when the sun’s ultraviolent (UV) strength is at its peak.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Especially if you go in the water.
  • Hang out in the shade – When your kids are playing in the sand have them play under a large umbrella for added protection.

Make sure that your entire family, along with your friends, are aware of the need for sunscreen every time they set foot outside. The more times you get sunburned the higher your chances of getting skin cancer. The beach can be a blast, but just remember to take the additional time to protect you and your family against the suns UV rays.


About the Author

Dr. Cristina Garcia

has been a practicing physician in the field of pediatrics for 15 years. She attended the University of Miami, School of Nursing and continued her education at the Universidad Central del Este School of Medicine in San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic, where she received her Medical Degree. She completed her Pediatric Residency training at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando. In addition, she was chosen as the Pediatric Chief Resident for an additional year. For 4 years, Dr. Garcia worked as the Medical Director in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She also worked in various pediatric emergency departments as well as pediatric offices throughout central Florida.

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