African American woman on the beachSummer is here and I know you are excited about wearing sandals, shorts, and sundresses. The weather is warm and sunny and nature is calling your name, right?  Well, before you leave home for a day out with your friends, or spend some time relaxing by the pool, or head to the lake or beach to soak up the sun you must take proper precautions to protect your skin.

While the sun’s rays are beautiful, they can also be harmful to your health. Exposure to ultraviolet rays are a well-established risk factor for all types of skin cancer. As the most common cancer in the United States, data shows that “1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.”  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. every day.

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