HCA Healthcare Summer Safety: Protecting Your Family from Sun and Other Hazards

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From protecting against skin cancer to preventing common summer injuries, Dr. Jerome Wilkerson, Emergency Medicine Physician at HCA Florida Healthcare, shares practical tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while making the most of the sunny days ahead!

As summer approaches, it's time to soak up the sunshine responsibly while safeguarding against its potential risks.

In this guide, we'll delve into crucial insights from the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and heed the advice of Dr. Jerome Wilkerson, Emergency Medicine Physician at HCA Florida Healthcare, to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for you and your loved ones.

Understanding the Skin Cancer Threat

The statistics from the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention are alarming: skin cancer diagnoses surpass the combined instances of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer.

Furthermore, the American Cancer Society's data highlights the stark reality that one person in the U.S. succumbs to skin cancer every hour, with melanoma ranking as a prevalent concern, especially among young adults aged 15-29.

Dr. Jerome Wilkerson emphasizes the importance of UV protection, stating, "Overexposure to the sun's UV radiation can not only cause skin cancer but also premature aging of the skin, eye damage, and immune system suppression."

Summer Safety Practices

During the summer months, it's crucial to take extra precautions to shield your skin from harmful UV exposure. Dr. Wilkerson offers practical guidance to avoid common summer injuries among children in Florida, such as sunburn, heatstroke/dehydration, drowning, insect bites/stings, and bicycle accidents.

He advises, "Ensure children wear sunscreen with high SPF, reapply it frequently, and seek shade during peak sun hours." Additionally, he recommends keeping children hydrated, supervising them closely around water, using insect repellent, covering exposed skin with light clothing, and ensuring they wear helmets and protective gear when riding bicycles.

As we embark on our summer adventures, let's prioritize safety and wellness for ourselves and our families. By following the guidance of experts like Dr. Jerome Wilkerson and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, we can enjoy the sun responsibly while minimizing the risks of skin cancer and other common summer injuries. Stay safe, stay protected, and make the most of the sunny days ahead!

As Florida's largest healthcare network, HCA Florida makes it easy for you to access the doctors and mental health services you need close to home. If you just moved to town and need help finding a new doctor, get started here. Calvary Christian Academy is thankful to have HCA Florida Healthcare sponsor the CCA Clinic at its Fort Lauderdale campus for the seventh consecutive year.

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