Joe Robach of Rochester and his office know the importance of wearing sunscreen and would like to share this important information with residents.  Whether working in the garden, mowing the lawn, or swimming at the beach, it’s easy to forget the dangers of prolonged exposure to the sun. Most people wear sunscreen when participating in outdoor activities in the summer; however, experts recommend using sunscreen on a daily basis.  Sunscreen containing a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher are suggested to protect against harmful burns, which can cause skin cancer. 

Here are some important things to remember about the dangers of the sun from the American Academy of Dermatology.

  • A sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or greater and water resistance helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you.
  • Everyone should wear sunscreen. People of all skin colors get skin cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s rays. 
  • People should wear sunscreen daily. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round.  Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.  On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.  Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

Joe Robach and his office also would like to remind residents to always drink plenty of fluids, whether working or playing in the sun and it’s never a bad idea to wear a hat to keep the sun off your face or sit in the shade.  For more information, please contact the Joe Robach’s office.