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The End of an Era

June 18, 2010
CHI Health


The End of an Era

The next couple of weeks mark the end of an era in Omaha: the final College World Series at Rosenblatt. For many, it will be the final time they walk through the gates at the historic stadium; they’ll fire up the grill for their last tailgate in the parking lot; they’ll take just one more walk through the tents on 13th Street.

We understand that it’s going to be a difficult couple of weeks for people who have followed the Road to Omaha for most – if not all – of their lives. But we’d like to ask for college baseball fans to end just one more tradition this year: the annual CWS sunburn.

You know what we’re talking about. Every year, you head out to a game with perfectly healthy skin – intent on heading home with a new glow. But then you spend a little too long in the sun, or get so involved in the game that you forget to reapply your sunscreen – and you head home for a few days (or more) of pain.

You’re probably wondering why it’s such a big deal – especially if it’s only once a year, right? Well the Skin Cancer Foundation actually estimates that just five sunburns over the course of your life can double your chances for melanoma. Unlike other forms of skin cancer, research has shown that melanoma is directly correlated to brief, intense exposures to sun.

So rather than spend a few days nursing that annual blistering sunburn, start a tradition that you can take with you to the new stadium. Stock up on sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) – and use it. Apply about two tablespoons to your entire body before heading out, and remember to reapply every two hours to make sure you’re protected all day long.



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