July Medicare Member Mailing

Welcome UV Awareness month, in all its Sunny Glory

Us Northerners like to soak up as much of the sun we can in our all too short summers. It’s all summertime fun and games until you’re in from a day of sunshine with pink or even red skin. This may be caused by too much exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Light. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the root cause of most skin cancers is UV radiation exposure. Stay healthy and safe with us this summer with these expert recommendations:

The World Health Organization (WHO): 5 to 15 minutes of sun exposure 2 to 3 times a week is recommended. Natural UV exposure comes from the sun, which with Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food to assist bone development. The sun is the strongest between 10am-4pm. Try to limit activities at this time and wear sunscreen that blocks out both Ultraviolet A and B rays. Don’t be fooled by a sunscreen pill, sunscreen does not come in this form. Use your plan’s nurse line to find more ways to stay sun smart!

Did you know you can also see a dermatologist with your plan? Catching cancerous moles or lesions are crucial, many individuals will notice a suspicious mark before a healthcare professional will. It is always helpful to give yourself an all-around check in the mirror, after all you know your body best.

It doesn’t just stop at your skin; ensure your eyes are protected with sunglasses that block out at least 99% of the sun’s UV rays. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, to protect as much as possible try at least one pair of sunglasses with large lenses or close-fitting wraparound style. Your optician can help you choose the best sunglass lenses for your needs.

Give us a call if you have any questions on benefits, network, reimbursements, or to clarify any details of your health plan.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Pathway Insurance Group

 

https://www.curetoday.com/articles/be-sun-smart-during-uv-safety-awareness-month

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https://www.goodeyes.com/blog/10-surprising-facts-about-your-eyes/

https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/uv-protection