San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2012
Summer may be ending and school starting, but UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun are still dangerous and damaging.
In order to teach children the importance of sun protection, it is important to know the facts about these invisible rays that cause short and long-term damage to skin.
There are two man types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. While UVB radiation is the strongest between the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., these rays will lessen as winter approaches. On the other hand, UVA radiates with full effect throughout the day and all year long. This makes UVA radiation much more dangerous. While UVB causes sunburns, the blame for premature aging can be placed on UVA. UVA is also the most dangerous ray for those who suffer with diseases like lupus. Both types of radiation can cause skin cancer.
Teaching children the importance of sun protection will start them on a path to healthy skin. The most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer and some experts believe that excessive sun exposure in early years may be to blame.
It is never too early to start educating children about sun protection. Sun exposure happens during recess, physical education classes, field trips, lunch time, after-school sports and weekends. Children are even susceptible if they walk to and from school.
Protection begins with the right precautions. Here are some simple rules to follow:
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