Splashing in the surf and soaking up rays are just a part of life in the summertime: We take an average of 2 billion trips to the beach every year in America.
While most of those trips end with the kids packing up seashells (and tons of sand) to take home, some end in tragedy.
An average of 10 people a day die of unintentional drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States, with children ages 1 to 4 at the greatest risk.
But forgetting to slather on the sunscreen can be a more pervasive danger than swimming in a riptide.
It takes just five sunburns to double one’s risk of melanoma -- the most serious form of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 77,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed this year.
Join us today at 2:30 p.m. PDT for a live video chat with Brian Guadagno, founder of sunscreen company Raw Elements USA and a beach lifeguard captain in Narragansett, R.I., along with Dr. Carolyn Goh of UCLA’s Dermatology Center as they discuss how to keep you and your family safe all summer long.