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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:15 am

Who wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror and thinks, “Wow, I wish I had spent more time in the sun when I was younger”? Who can remember a time when suntan lotion did not even have an SPF number? The constellation of freckles taking up permanent residence on our epidermis is proof that we baby boomers did not know any better. So how can we explain that despite all we know about the detrimental effects of UV radiation from the sun, our kids and grandkids continue to chase Apollo’s golden chariot?

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and here in the Valley of the Sun we have on average 299 sunny days per year. This means that even if we aren’t actively seeking the savage tan, exposure to harmful UV radiation is a reality we must actively seek to prevent. Millions of Americans receive a large portion of their sun exposure when they don’t even realize it — in their cars. Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation can penetrate car windows. Windshields are specially treated to block UVB and UVA as well, but a car’s side and rear windows allow UVA in.

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