ICA marks the opening of Israel's swimming season by calling the general public to be "Sun Smart"

08/05/2012 15:57:25

Sun Smart


Upon the opening of the country's swimming season, the ICA has called upon the general population to be "Sun Smart" and adhere to strict safety guidelines geared towards the entire population, especially children and adults in high-risk groups.


Big-Bullet-SQR.gif Who is at high risk?


bul3 Fair-skinned people who burn easily.

bul3 People with many sunspots and/or moles.

bul3 Babies, children and the elderly.

bul3 People who work and pursue hobbies outdoors.

bul3 Swimmers, surfers and divers.

bul3 People with a family history of skin cancer.

bul3 Patients taking medications that increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun's rays.

bul3 Organ transplant recipients who regularly take medications that suppress the immune system.


As was proven in a research study conducted at the University of Colorado in Denver and published in the March 2012 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light during childhood can result in significant genetic damage to the skin, and consequently, melanoma. Those who are responsible for the children should therefore closely follow the following safety guidelines every time they take the kids outside. It is also important to note that babies up to the age of 6 months should not be exposed to the sun at all and suncreen should therefore not be applied to their skin.


Big-Bullet-SQR.gif ICA "Sun Smart" Tips:


bul3 Seek shade whenever possible, however it should be kept in mind that UV rays are also reflected off the sand and/or water on the beach or at the swimming pool.

bul3 Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun that covers the face, eyes and neck.

Never go out without your sunglasses that filter out harmful UV rays.

bul3 See to wearing the proper clothing; it is advised to wear clothing that covers and protects the entire body (a long-sleeved shirt and pants).

bul3 Make sure you go outdoors when it is safe to avoid being in the sun during peak hours: between 10.00 and 16.00.

bul3 Apply a double coat of sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 30 or higher.

bul3 Take plenty of liquids with you, as the body perspires and dehydrates in hot weather.


If you have any questions, seek any further information, or require informational materials free of charge, please visit our website on the following link: http://en.cancer.org.il/ or contact:



Big-Bullet-SQR.gif Lili Lev Biller

Committees and Projects Coordinator


Telephone: +972-3-571.95.74

E-Mail: lilib@cancer.org.il