Fred Jaicks  Written and compiled by Fred Jaicks


Those who want to stay safe from the sun and its harmful rays need to educate themselves on the dangers and health risks that too much exposure can cause. Skin cancer is the fastest growing form of cancer in America. With more than 1,000,000 new cases of skin cancer reported each year, it makes sense to limit exposure to harmful UV rays as much as possible. The website Iowa Poison offers information on the damage that the sun can cause, along with tips to avoid problems. To learn more about harmful UV rays, which are ultraviolet radiation, go to Biospherical Instruments, Inc. and NASA. There are many dangers that are associated with too much sun exposure. Not only are frequent sun bathers and tanners more likely to develop skin cancer, there is also the risk of skin damage, cataracts, and even migraine headaches. To learn more about the effects of excessive sunlight exposure, visit Cabana Life. To learn how to best avoid the dangers of sunlight, yet still enjoy the sun’s benefits, read up at Article Click. 

Health problems can develop for those who spend too much time in the sun. The most life-threatening problem among these is skin cancer. The websites Skin CancerMedicine Net and National Cancer Institute all give excellent information on the cause, prevention, symptoms and treatment of skin cancer. Other health problems are discussed at EPA, and pictures of sun damaged persons are shown in a slideshow at WebMD. Be forewarned, some of the images are unsettling.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid sun damage and sunburn. The first is obviously to stay out of the sun as much as possible, but this is not recommended. Human beings need a certain amount of natural light or else they can become depressed. The best remedy is to limit the time when you are exposed to sunlight. Limit both the number of times you go outside in a given day as well as how long each stint is, especially during the hottest times of the day: 10am to 2pm. Be sure to always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and re-apply it as needed. To learn the importance of SPF and how much you need, visit . Sunglasses should be worn at all times to avoid wrinkles of the face and cornea damage, and wide brimmed hats can also keep the sun from hitting the face directly. Umbrellas can be set up in places where you will be exposed to the sun for long periods, such as at the beach or park. For more information on protecting the skin from sun damage, visit Dermatology and Indobase. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology also offers many useful tips for staying safe in the sun, as does Murad and The Esthetician Channel.

There are treatments that can help those who do develop a case of sunburn. For natural remedies, visit Native Remedies. To buy an umbrella to shield you while you lounge on your patio, visit MJJ Sales. For other helpful suggestions, go to Fitness Tips for Life and Skincare.