Back to Top Skip to main content

Summer’s fun, just avoid too much sun

Soaking up the sun is one of the best parts about summer. However, make sure to protect your skin when enjoying the sun-filled days ahead. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause sunburn, eye damage, and skin damage in the form of premature wrinkles. (DoD photo) Soaking up the sun is one of the best parts about summer. However, make sure to protect your skin when enjoying the sun-filled days ahead. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause sunburn, eye damage, and skin damage in the form of premature wrinkles. (DoD photo)

Recommended Content:

Summer Safety | TRICARE Health Program

Summer is here, and that means sunny weather is here to stay. Soaking up the sun is one of the best parts about summer. However, make sure to protect your skin when enjoying the sun-filled days ahead. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sunburn, eye damage, and skin damage in the form of premature wrinkles, according to the American Cancer Society. It can also cause skin cancer. Depending on your risk for developing skin cancer, TRICARE covers your skin cancer screening exams.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.” In as little as 15 minutes, UV rays can damage your skin. Preventing your exposure to UV light from the sun and avoiding artificial sources like tanning beds and sunlamps, is the best way to lower your risk of skin damage and skin cancer. 

There are many easy ways to protect your skin while outdoors in the sun. Follow these sun safety tips to help protect the whole family this summer:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen: Apply a thick layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or SPF 30 on all parts of exposed skin before you go outside. This is a good practice even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Remember, sunscreen wears off. You need to reapply sunscreen if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours, and any time after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Before you use your sunscreen from last year, check its expiration date.
  • Wear clothing to cover your skin: In addition to sunscreen, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts when possible to provide protection from UV rays. A T-shirt or a beach cover-up can also offer some protection.
  • Use shade: Seek shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter when the sun’s summer rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. But don’t rely on the shade alone. You still need to remember to use protective measures, like sunscreen and protective clothing, when you’re outside even on cloudy days.
  • Wear a hat to provide upper body shade: Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses: According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, protect your eyes, vision, and the skin around your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound sunglasses provide additional protection.

If you notice changes in your skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in the appearance of a mole, talk to your doctor. TRICARE covers skin cancer exams for people who are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer. This includes individuals with a family or personal history of skin cancer, increased occupational or recreational exposure to sunlight, or clinical evidence of precursor lesions.

To learn more about sun safety and skin cancer, visit the CDC and American Cancer Society websites. Stay tuned for more summer safety tips from TRICARE.

You also may be interested in...

Adding a new family member stateside? Take action to get TRICARE coverage

Article
5/3/2019
Take Command of Your Health

Whether giving birth or adopting, this change in your family composition is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Hurricane Disaster Infographic 2019

Infographic
5/2/2019
This infographic provides critical resources in the event a hurricane strikes

This infographic provides critical resources in the event a hurricane strikes

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Disaster Resources Infographic 2019

Infographic
5/2/2019
This infographic provides critical resources in the event a disaster strikes

This infographic provides critical resources in the event a disaster strikes

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Disaster Referral Waiver 2019

Infographic
5/2/2019
This infographic describes when a PCM waiver may be issues during a natural disaster

This infographic describes when a PCM waiver may be issues during a natural disaster

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Continuing TRICARE health coverage after retirement

Article
4/25/2019
Take Command of Your Health

When you retire from active duty or turn age 60 as a retired reserve member, your TRICARE coverage changes

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Study on the Treatment of TRICARE Beneficiaries who are Residents of Puerto Rico

Congressional Testimony
4/17/2019

HR 5515, NDAA Conference Report for FY 2019, 115-874, Pg. 896

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | Access to Health Care

Join April 25 webinar on TRICARE pharmacy program

Article
4/15/2019
Take Command of Your Health

This webinar will discuss how to fill prescriptions and manage prescriptions, as well as pharmacy covered services, costs, and more

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Maternity Policy Changes 2019

Infographic
4/10/2019
This infographic discusses updates to TRICARE's maternity benefits

This infographic discusses updates to TRICARE's maternity benefits

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | Women's Health

How a Drug Becomes Covered by TRICARE 2019

Infographic
4/10/2019
TRICARE follows a step-by-step process to determine what drugs it will cover and how to categorize them

This infographic outlines the process TRICARE follows to determine which drugs it will cover, and how to categorize them.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Program Effectiveness

Congressional Testimony
4/8/2019

S. 1124, NDAA Conference Report for FY 1996 Sec. 717. As modified by S. 1356, Sec. 713, NDAA Conference Report for FY 2016

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Spring travel? TRICARE goes with you

Article
3/27/2019
Before you travel this spring, make sure you’re prepared to handle any health issues that may arise. Keep in mind that your rules for getting care depend on your health plan and travel destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston)

Whether traveling stateside or overseas, make sure you know what to do in case you or your loved ones become sick or injured on vacation

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Consolidation of Cost-Sharing Requirements Under TRICARE Select and TRICARE Prime

Congressional Testimony
3/27/2019

HR 5515, Conference Report for FY 2019, 115-874, Pg 892-893

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Get to know your TRICARE Prime plan

Article
3/25/2019
Take Command of Your Health

If you’re on active duty, you’re automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

TRICARE Beneficiary Spotlight Recruitment 2019

Publication
3/25/2019

Document to recruit TRICARE beneficiaries who have Taken Command of their Health successfully

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program

Understanding your TRICARE explanation of benefits

Article
3/18/2019
Take Command of Your Health

While an EOB isn’t a bill, it’s still an important document to read through and understand

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 16 - 30 Page 2 of 12

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.