Swimming Season Opens in Israel - 2020


The Swimming Season Opens in Israel on May 20 2020 and the Israel Cancer Association Calls on the Public to Adopt Sunsmart® Behavior

The Swimming Season is opening and the beaches are going to be filled with large crowds of beach goers. It is a fun, enjoyable season and the watermelons and melons guaranteed to be sweet and juicy. But it is very important not to forget that summer days are hot and the sun is very strong.

Even now, when we have all missed the open spaces, it is vital to protect our skin and health by practicing Sunsmart® behavior – seeking shade, wearing a hat, sunshades, proper clothing, safe hours of exposure, sunscreen and plenty of fluids. Most importantly, you should protect your skin during the hours when UV rays are most dangerous and avoid exposure to the sun between 10:00 – 16:00 as much as possible.

Babies and children are at most risk, so keep them protected. It has been proven that sun burns in childhood place one at a higher risk of developing melanoma during the course of life. 80% of all sun damage is caused before the age of 18.

It is important to ensure that children do not remove their shirt while in and out of the water (while in the water, they should wear long sleeve swimwear or a tightly woven cotton fabric, with a tight fit), and adhere to all other protection rules, even when not under their parents’ supervision. For example, while in daycare, in kindergarten, in summer camp, in youth movement, doing sports, etc.

Any time you go outdoors with your children, it is highly important that you take extra precautionary measures.

Who else is at a High Risk for Skin Cancer?

  • People with light skin that burns easily.

  • People with multiple moles.

  • Babies, children and the elderly.

  • People whose occupation or hobbies entail long periods in the sun.

  • Divers, surfers, swimmers who are exposed to the sun with wet skin and absorb strong UV rays.

  • People whose close relatives have a history of skin cancer.

  • People who take drugs that increase photosensitivity.

  • People who have undergone organ transplantation and receive regular treatment.

Remember the ICA’s recommendations and practice our Sunsmart® Behavior rules:

Shade - look for shade, try to stay shaded and remember that on the beach or at the pool, we are still exposed to the sun rays reflected back from the sand and/or the water.

Hat - it is recommended to wear a wide-brim hat to protect the face, the eyes, the neck and the nape.

Sunglasses – it is best to wear approved sunglasses proven to screen UV rays.

Protective clothing - it is recommended to fully cover the body as much as possible (long-sleeved shirt and pants. Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton, provides maximal protection against UV rays.

Safe hours - it is recommended to avoid sun exposure from 10:00 to 16:00 as much as possible, when UV index levels are at their highest.

Sunscreen – it is best to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF and up, on skin areas exposed to the sun about 30 minutes before going outdoors. Apply one layer, let it be absorbed and then apply another layer, that is, a double layer, making sure not to skip any exposed area.

Fluids – the body sweats and loses fluids on hot days. To prevent it from dehydrating, drink lots of fluids.

By adopting these rules, skin cancer can be prevented, as well as wrinkles and spots.

The Israel Cancer Association (ICA) is a non-profit organization that fights cancer on all fronts, through promoting research, prevention methods and improving the treatment and rehabilitation of patients and survivors. The ICA is funded solely by public donations with no government funding whatsoever. The projects funded by the ICA are elected by professional committees manned voluntarily by top medicine and research experts from across Israel, and are carefully selected using professional considerations relevant on a national level. About 3,500 volunteers are active in 70 ICA branches dispersed throughout the country, who are partners in the fight against cancer in their vicinity. For further questions, click on the ICA website in English, or call the 24-hr Telemeida Hotline at 1-800-599-995