According to The Associated Press, more than 1,000 temperature records have been shattered across the country, including a jaw-dropping 251 new daily high temperatures on Tuesday. And it's only June! July and August probably aren't going to give us a break.
So what should we do? Well, for starters, if at all possible, stay indoors during the hot daytime hours. But if you must spend a significant portion of your day outside, make sure you keep your skin covered and wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on any exposed areas.
At the University of Arizona Cancer Center, our Skin Cancer Institute aims to spread the message of sun safety to the Southern Arizona community through a variety of initiatives.
“One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Most skin cancer is caused by overexposure to the sun’s powerful rays, for which visitors to Tucson attractions may be unprepared,” said Denise Spartonos, the Skin Cancer Institute’s community outreach coordinator.
Since 2006, the Skin Cancer Institute has worked with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to provide sunscreen, sun safety information and more recently, sunblocking umbrellas for guests to use as they stroll the museum’s pathways.
“The Skin Cancer Institute unites the Arizona Cancer Center’s many skin cancer prevention activities into one coordinated group, bringing together innovative research, visionary clinical care, life-changing education and community outreach. Our mission is to prevent and cure skin cancer,” Spartonos said.
• The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute
• The "Protect Your Skin" program