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Stay Safe while Having Fun in the Sun this Summer

7/17/20
Over the past five months, the major focus in health care has been COVID-19 and learning how to navigate our new normal. As we continue to keep ourselves and loved ones safe in a pandemic, let us not forget the inherent risks that come with summer.
  
The summer sun feels great, but like most things in life, moderation is key when going outdoors. Consider limiting sun exposure to your skin and regular sunscreen application to reduce your risks. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants to cover as much skin as possible with clothing. While many enjoy wearing baseball caps, they do not protect the sensitive skin of the face, ears and neck like a wide-brimmed hat. Apply sunscreen and reapply it often. It is not advised to purposefully lie in the sun or in a tanning bed to get a tan. 
  
Sun safety applies not only to those going out for an afternoon on the boat or traveling on hiking and biking trails, but also applies to those who work outdoors all day, every day, like farmers, ranchers, construction teams and road crews. Each year, Avera providers, especially dermatologists, see men and women who have developed malignancies due to sun damage. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Even in its least dangerous forms, it requires a surgical procedure to remove. Melanoma, its most dangerous form, can spread to other parts of the body and be fatal. So make sure you protect yourself and remind those you care about of the dangers of going outside without proper clothing or sunscreen. 
  
If a summertime situation leads you to needing health care, your local care team is ready. You can schedule an appointment by calling FRHS Clinics at 605-925-4219. Staying on schedule for exams and screenings, as well as immunizations, is always in season. We hope we will see you out and having fun this summer, but we will be here when you need us.