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UV Safety Month: how sun safe are you?

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July is UV Safety Month and a good reminder to take care of your skin and protect yourself from ultraviolet rays that can increase your chances of skin cancer. Here in Alaska, we’re fortunate to live in the land of the midnight sun; more daylight means more sunshine and for many people, more time outdoors enjoying it. But Alaskans are at just as much of a risk at developing skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S. Brush up on our UV safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

  1. Wear sunscreen (duh!) but choose it carefully! Many sunscreens can have chemicals that are dangerous for both you and the environment. Take a few minutes to do a little research and pick the sunscreen that’s right for you.
  2. Think outside the box. It’s obvious that you need to apply sunscreen when you’re lying on the beach but what about when you’re just out for a hike? It’s still very important to wear sunscreen, especially when you consider that higher altitudes can increase your exposure.
  3. Know the UV index for the day. Different levels of UV rays change the risk. The more you know, the safer you can plan.

While these tips are important for everyone to follow, those receiving radiation treatment need to be extra careful in the sun. Skin in an area receiving radiation therapy may already be red or burned from treatments so be extra cautious. Schedule your sun time when the UV index is lower, either early or late in the day. Wear a hat and clothes that cover most of your body and choose your sunscreen carefully. As always, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about your concerns or to ask for recommendations.

Relay for Life at Bartlett High


Every year the American Cancer Society and community members come together for more than 3,500 relay events around the country. Anchorage’s Relay for Life event is coming up! Join us on July 21 at Bartlett High School for all of your Relay for Life favorite activities plus, new this year, a 5K! This event is all about the fundraising. Download the app to fundraise from anywhere and help get Anchorage to its $70,000 goal! Check out all the details of the event and don’t be late! Activities start at 10 a.m. on July 21.

Running for a cause

Grab your running (or walking) shoes because it’s time for the 23rd Annual Alaska Men’s Run. This was one of the first races in the state to start raising money for educational activities, awareness and promoting early detection for men and agencies fighting prostate and testicular cancer - a cause we can all get behind.

This is a family-friendly event! The race has 5- and 2-mile routes, both timed and untimed, to choose from. Register for yourself or sign up as a team! The race is on July 7 at 10 a.m., starting at the Anchorage Football Stadium. Don’t forget to wear blue!

We’re running for every man who’s walked into the center, who are you running for?

Can’t make it to the run but still want to support the cause? That’s great! You can make donations at anytime!

Cancer Bites: July recipe / Gazpacho


There are some cravings that can only be satisfied by pure comfort food. There’s no comfort food quite like a bowl of soup but no one wants piping hot soup when it’s warm out! This month we’re bringing you a recipe that will satisfy that comfort food craving without the steaming hot broth of your go-to chicken noodle.

A traditional Spanish dish, this soup is refreshing and cool. It’s made with raw vegetables, which means no heating up the house with a hot stove. Extra bonus: it’s tomato-base may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer according to a study from The University of Montreal. This traditional recipe is sure to be a hit in any household!

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Knock out cancer at the Midnight Sun Golf Classic

During the summer, our passions for getting outdoors and for giving back to our community often collide. This weekend, your Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers' doctors and staff are getting out and getting active to support a great cause at the Midnight Sun Golf Classic, an annual event that will donate this year’s proceeds to Hospice of Anchorage

Hospice of Anchorage works with the patient and family, nurses and physicians to provide assistance through the transition from life to death, and to cope with loss and grief. Hospice gives people the opportunity to live fully regardless of their illness and support can take many different forms including education, consultations and assistance with insurance and legal matters. All services are free of cost and range from a one-time visit to periodic contact lasting weeks or months.

We can’t wait to “swing into solstice” this Saturday and support a really great cause. Think you can ‘Knock Out Cancer?’ We’ll see you there!