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When the Sun's Up, Make Sure You are Covered Up

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This UV Safety Month serves as a reminder for all Floridians and visitors to protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause damage to your skin and cause skin cancer. There are two common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are curable. Melanoma is less common but is more dangerous and can sometimes result in death. These three types of skin cancer are mostly caused by overexposure to UV light.

On February, 3, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency regarding the Zika virus. There are simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves from Zika and all mosquito-borne illness: Drain standing water, no matter how seemingly small, cover your skin with mosquito repellent and protective clothing.

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