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Arizona is known for its intensely sunny weather and high amounts of UV radiation. In April in central and southern parts of the state, the UV Index reaches levels higher than those found in the northernmost parts of the U.S. at any time of the year. This is why using sun protection in Arizona is crucial.

Due to its proximity to the equator and its higher elevation, Arizona experiences a high amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation throughout the year. This exposure to UV radiation poses a significant risk for skin cancer, making sun protection a critical aspect of daily life for residents and visitors alike.

Here are some facts to help you understand the importance of sun protection in Arizona:

  1. The UV Index measures the intensity of UV radiation. Higher values indicate a greater potential for skin damage and an increased risk of skin cancer.
  2. The UV Index in April can reach levels up to 11, which is considered “extreme.” These extreme levels can lead to sunburn in as little as 15 minutes.
  3. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and Arizona has the highest skin cancer rate, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, in the country.
  4. Sun protection measures, such as using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sunlight hours, can significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer.
  5. Regular skin checks by a dermatologist and self-monitoring at home help detect skin cancers early, which is crucial in increasing the chances of successful skin cancer treatment.

Understanding the facts about sun protection is essential for anyone living in or visiting Arizona. By taking the necessary precautions, we can safely enjoy the beauty of the deserts, canyons, mountains, lakes, and rivers while reducing our risk of skin cancer. Stay sun-safe and always be vigilant about protecting your skin from the powerful Arizona sun.