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UV Safety Month

Health Alert

6/28/2012 - UV Safety Month 

A recent study conducted by the Skin Cancer Foundation has revealed an alarming rise in melanoma among young adults between the ages of 18 and 39. Over the past 40 years, rates of this potentially deadly skin cancer grew by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men.

With that sobering statistic in mind, Ukiah Valley Medical Center is hosting a free UVMC and Me seminar on July 9, titled: Keep Your Skin in the Game, hosted by Jeffrey Sugarman, M.D., dermatologist. The seminar is for UV Safety Month which occurs every year in July.

UV or ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of skin cancer and comes in two forms, UVA (long-wave) and UVB (shortwave) rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and get down to the subcutaneous layer of skin. UVB rays are the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, and damages the more superficial layers of the skin.

According to Dr. Sugarman, “To help protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays, you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with the highest sun protection factor (SPF) possible. I recommend a SPF of 50 or higher, and that protects against UVA/UVB rays.”

When asked how much sun exposure he recommends getting in a day, Dr. Sugarman jokingly responded with, “None! But in all seriousness if you enjoy outdoor activities, the best times to avoid skin damage is early morning or late afternoon. With that in mind, the worst times for sun exposure are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UVA/UVB rays are at their peak.”

To attend the free UVMC and Me seminar: Keep Your Skin in the Game, call (707) 463-7493, or register online at 

Keep Your Skin in the Game will be held on Monday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Glen Miller Conference room at UVMC. Dr. Sugarman is currently seeing patients at Redwood Family Dermatology at 555 South Dora St. in Ukiah. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sugarman, call (707) 462-3996.

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