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UV Awareness

Though basking in the summer sun is relaxing and fun, it also can be dangerous for your health. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe in the sun this summer!

Causes of skin cancer
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer. UVA and UVB are the two main types of sun rays, and both cause skin cancer. Going outside is great for doing daily physical activity, getting vitamin D and taking a break during the work day. But when you do go outside, be sure you are protecting your skin!

Limit your time outside in the sun
UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 4pm. Take a break from the sun and spend time in the shade.

Apply broad spectrum sunscreen frequently
Use at least SPF 30 or higher even when it’s cloudy and reapply if you are in the sun for an extended period of time. Make sure to reapply after swimming.

Cover Your Skin
Wear clothing that covers your skin when possible, and wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck. You can use an umbrella when outside to occasionally get shade.

Warning signs of skin cancer
Some symptoms of skin cancer may include:

Skin growths, scabs or sores that don’t resolve
Changes in existing skin spots
Pale or waxy skin patches
Scaly patches on the skin
Red or flesh-colored moles

Skin Cancer Screenings
Checking your skin for warning signs regularly will help you find any suspicious changes. Be sure to check less visible areas of your skin like the soles of your feet. Tell your doctor about any unusual moles or changes in your skin, and talk to your doctor if you are at increased risk of skin cancer.

Additional Topics to Research

Cord Blood Awareness Month every July, serves the purpose of educating people and raising awareness regarding the importance of cord blood. Not sure what cord blood is? It is the blood and tissue that is derived from the placenta and the baby’s umbilical cord. Over time, doctors have realized how essential this blood is, hence, an extra effort is put into spreading awareness regarding cord blood advantages. Today, cord blood is used across the world to cure numerous diseases — making it a natural wonder that can only be obtained from the miracle of birth. This month, save lives by doing all that you can to spread awareness regarding cord blood.

Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, which can be used in treatment of many diseases and disorders. Cord blood transplants can help treat more than 80 blood cancers, genetic diseases and immune system and metabolic disorders, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. It has surpassed bone marrow as a source for stem cells in transplants. To date, more than 40,000 patients have received cord blood transplants since the procedure was first performed in 1988.

Sources:

CORD BLOOD AWARENESS MONTH (nationaltoday.com)

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month – LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

July is Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Awareness Month and a time to elevate awareness about juvenile arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic diseases. Together with the JA community and partners, the Arthritis Foundation shines an even brighter light on the challenges of JA and the hundreds of thousands of kids in the U.S. who live with it.

The goal of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month is to spread the word that kids get arthritis, too. Most people are surprised to learn that arthritis isn’t “just an old person’s disease” and can affect children as young as just a few months old.

Many people don’t realize that kids as young as a few months old can be diagnosed with arthritis, and the effects of the disease can be devastating. Groundbreaking research and treatments funded by the Arthritis Foundation mean health care providers have multiple options for JA treatment and support, and research continues for new and better ways to manage the disease. 

Sources:

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month | Arthritis Foundation

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month Partner Toolkit| Arthritis Foundation