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MAKE 1 CHANGE
BY KELLY CASEY
IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN A DRAMATIC
MAKEOVER TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE SIMPLE
CHANGE AT A TIME. EVENTUALLY, THESE CHANGES WILL ADD UP
TO AN OVERALL IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR HEALTH.
How much does
vitamin D production
inside the body?
SUM M ER 2017
Vitamin D, Even
Your body makes good-for-you
vitamin D naturally from sun
exposure. But it's not the only
source-so you don't have to risk
skin cancer to get enough. Apply
sunscreen daily and talk to your
healthcare provider about taking a
daily vitamin D supplement. Learn
more at uvahealth.com/vitamind.
PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES
We know to pack a bottle of sunscreen when heading to the beach or
pool. But you should also use it every day, every season. Here's why.
Brief sun exposures all year round can add up to major damage for
people with fair skin, according to the American Cancer Society. These
everyday exposures are linked to a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell. Although not as dangerous as melanoma, squamous cell skin
cancer is far more common, and the number of cases has been going
up every year.
Ninety percent of skin cancers occur on parts of the body not
usually covered with clothing: the face, hands, forearms and ears.
These are all of the places you'll want to protect daily with a broadspectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher. It's important to look for
"broad spectrum," as this means it blocks both types of damaging UV
(ultraviolet) rays. When out in the sun, reapply sunscreen about every
two hours. It's also a great idea to use a lip balm with sunscreen every
day. And don't forget sunglasses to protect your eyes.