The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Data from Costa Rican Social Security indicates that in Costa Rica, every day, six people are diagnosed with skin cancer. In 2012, 2,492 cases were filed and the incidence is increasing.

According international studies, four severe burns during childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of skin cancer after forty years in our country. It’s also documented 68% of skin cancers develop on the face, specifically in the areas around lips, eyelids and ears.

That’s why the CCSS is making a call to families to increase the protection of the skin during the days of Holy Week, when the radiation is more intense both on the beach and in the mountains.

The first thing that health authorities recommend is to stay in the shade during the hours of greatest risk, between 10:00am and 2:00pm because the sun’s ultraviolet rays can affect the skin in just 15 minutes.

They also recommend using fresh long-sleeved clothing and long pants to protect your skin when outdoors. They warn that a wet shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one and dark colors may offer more protection than lighter.

Using brimmed hats is highly recommended because they protect the face, ears and neck. All these are very sensitive body parts. If you wear a hat or visor that does not protect your ears, use sunscreen one the ears and neck.

Sunglasses are essential and must have protection against UVA and UVB rays. It is further recommended that they cover the sides of the eyes, so that the radiation does not enter there.

Sunscreen should not be less than 30 SPF. Sunscreen is also more effective when combined with other methods of protection such as hats and glasses. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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