July is UV Safety Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Medical safety is a large part of mental health recovery. Brookhaven Retreat urges the women in its residential program to stay safe in the sun this summer.
The CDC reports that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and that ultraviolet rays are the main cause of skin cancer. July schedules tend to be filled with outdoor activities such as barbeques, gardening and sports events, making sun safety critical. Brookhaven Retreat encourages women to avoid the most hazardous hours for UV exposure – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – and practice sun safety in order to stay healthy.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that sun damage can occur even in winter or on cloudy days. It suggests wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, and taking extra precautions near reflective surfaces like snow and water. The FDA recommends applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to all exposed skin. Sunscreen should be reapplied every one to two hours.
Practicing sun safety is one way for women to take care of their bodies, which develops self-esteem while preventing illness. This summer, Brookhaven Retreat reminds all women in its program to wear sunscreen and practice safe habits when going outside.