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Take Care Of Your Skin And It Will Take Care Of You

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When enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, remember to shade your skin and eyes.

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Did you know that your skin is the body's largest organ, weighing about six pounds? It protects us from light, heat, injury and infection. The skin regulates body temperature and stores water, fat and Vitamin D. Many of us do not think about how our skin protects us. More importantly, many people do not think about how to protect their skin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated sunburn occurrence among all U.S. adults ranged from 31.8 percent in 1999 to 33.7 percent in 2004. Men had a higher occurrence of sunburn than women in all three survey years (35.8 percent versus 28.0 percent in 1999, 37.0 percent versus 30.2 percent in 2003, and 37.0 percent versus 30.3 percent in 2004).

What is most important is that you reduce your exposure to the sun, as well as other forms of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, thus lowering your risk for skin cancer. The sun's UV rays can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent this damage to your skin. Whenever possible, avoid the midday sun (11:00 a.m.