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Sun Safety

girl on beachWhat Do You Know About Sun Safety? 

Hot weather, clear skies, and extra leisure time in the summer mean that many of us in southwest Michigan spend hours in the sun. But when is it too much of a good thing?

“Sunburn and excessive UV light exposure damage the skin, and this damage can lead to skin cancer,” said Mark Kuriata, DO, FAOCD, a local dermatologist who also serves as Program Director of Lakeland’s Dermatology Residency Program. “The best defense is to limit sun exposure and protect your skin.”

Test your knowledge about sun safety by taking this quiz.

1. The hours of the day when you are most at risk from the sun’s rays are:
A. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
B. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
C. 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
D. None of the above

2. Which type of ultraviolet rays does the sun emit?
D. UVA and UVB
E. UVA, UVB, and UVC

3. The best way to protect yourself from the sun’s rays is:
A. Avoid the sun during peak hours
B. Wear protective clothing and a hat
C. Wear wraparound sunglasses
D. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30
E. All of the above

4. Excessive exposure to UV rays has which detrimental effect on health?
A. It boosts the risk of skin cancer
B. It boosts the risk of lip cancer
C. It boosts the risk of cataracts
D. All of the above

5. The UV Index is:
A. A rating system for sunscreens
B. A forecast of UV radiation tied to the local weather forecast
C. A rating system for protective clothing
D. None of the above

6. What common medications can make you more sensitive to sun?
A. Ibuprofen
B. Antibiotic
C. Antibacterial drugs
D. All of the above

7. The best type of sunscreen to use is:
A. Lotion
B. Gel
C. Spray
D. All of the above

8. Sunscreens work by:
A. Absorbing the sun’s rays
B. Reflecting the sun’s rays
C. Scattering the sun’s rays
D. All of the above

To learn more about skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, and to find a dermatologist, visit


1. A. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  2. E. UVA, UVB, and UVC.  3. E. All of the above.
4. D. All of the above.  5. B. A forecast of UV radiation tied to the local weather forecast. 
6. D. All of the above.  7. D. All of the above.  8. D. All of the above.  


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