With the summer season in full swing, many Berks Countians are planning beach getaways, picnics and barbeques, camping trips and more outdoor summer activities. However, with an increase outdoor presence comes increased sun exposure, increasing the risk of skin damage and skin cancer caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation that is emitted by the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. While it has some benefits for people, including the creation of Vitamin D, it also can cause health risks.”
Such health risks can include:
- Blinding eye diseases
- Skin cancer (the most common cancer in the United States)
As part of Berks Community Television’s on-going initiative to connect Berks County with valuable health & wellness information, BCTV will be sharing safety tips, statistics and resources throughout the month of July across multiple platforms for UV Safety Awareness Month.
BCTV is launching new campaigns every month in 2022 to connect Berks County with information to promote healthy living. Monthly themes will be announced and promoted with messaging distributed across the media organization’s multiple platforms.