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.

Apply Sunscreen

  • 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

  • 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.

Seek Shade

  • 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.

References

  1. Prevent skin cancer. American Academy of Dermatology. Accessed August 28, 2018.
  2. 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.