Did you know skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US? By the age of 70, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself from the sun.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
- For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Cover up your body as much as possible when you are out in the sun.
- Sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats help protect most of your face.
- The sun is strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- Finding shade, especially during these hours, will limit the effect of the sun’s rays.
Check Your Body
- Self-examination can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer.
- Once a month is ideal, but ask your doctor if you should perform more frequent checks.
Make Prevention a Priority
- Despite warnings, it’s easy to forget to take these preventive measures.
- Educate yourself and take the necessary precautions.
- Prevent skin cancer. American Academy of Dermatology. Accessed August 28, 2018.
- What can I do to reduce my risk of skin cancer? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated June 20, 2018. Accessed August 28, 2018.