UV rays put you at risk for skin cancer, wear sunscreen

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) Summertime means boating, swimming and barbecues, but it is also important to remember to lather up with sunscreen before catching all those rays.

Healthcare professionals recommend wearing SPF 30 sunscreen, and reapplying every hour.

They say to slip, slop, slap and wrap.

Slip on a shirt. Slop on the sunscreen. Slap on a hat. Wrap up, or cover, your eyes.

The most intense time of the day for the sun is between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, and if you don't protect yourself you could be sorry.

"Every time you're exposed to the sun you increase your risk for skin cancer. A lot of us don't think about that day to day, in and out of the car. People who are travelling in the car, people who work in the trucking industry who are always with the sun in their face, make sure you're wearing that sunscreen," says Jennifer Offenberger, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Memorial Health System.

She adds that if you are swimming or sweating, make sure you are reapplying because the sunscreen wears off faster.

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