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Health Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is released by the sun and by artificial sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps.  This fact sheet provides information about the major health problems associated with overexposure to UV radiation.  Both the beneficial and harmful effects of sunlight result from the same radiation and, therefore, it is very important to understand the risks incurred by overexposure.

Harmful Effects of UV Radiation on the Eyes

Harmful Effects of UV on the Skin

Who is at Risk of UV Damage?


Additional Resources

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.  Community-Based UV Risk Education: The Sunwise Program Handbook.  http://nepis.epa.gov/Adobe/PDF/30004IQV.pdf (70 pp, 1.1MB)

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.  Protect Yourself from the Sun.  www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer.  www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin
Cataract.  www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp

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