Protect your skin while you enjoy some fun in the sun.
Limit your time outdoors when the sun is most intense.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly – don’t forget your ears, feet and lips.
Wearing a wide-brim hat, sunglasses and tighter weave clothing can also help protect you.
Remember, heavy exposure to the sun can damage every skin type. Protect yourself and your skin, and you’ll enjoy many summers to come.
You’ve got it made in the shade. Protect yourself from skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it is also the most preventable. Since more than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, taking simple steps to protect yourself can make a big difference.
What is your risk?
Everyone is at risk for damage from the sun, but certain people are at a greater risk for skin cancer.
What is your skin type? People with light-colored skin that freckles easily, blond or red hair, or blue or green eyes are more likely to get skin cancer than people with darker complexions. Also, having a lot of moles is a risk factor.
What do you do? If your work or hobbies keep you outside in the sun, your risk is greater.
Where do you live? Southern parts of the country are closer to the equator and get more sun, so people who live in these areas are at a greater risk for skin cancer than those who live in the northern U.S.
What’s your personal history? You are more likely to develop skin cancer if you:
- Had serious sunburns early in life.
- Used tanning beds.
- Had any type of skin cancer before.
- Have a weakened immune system for any reason, including chemotherapy, organ transplant, lymphoma or HIV/AIDS.
What’s your family history? If one of your parents, siblings or children has had certain types of skin cancer, you have a 50 percent greater chance of developing it as well. If it was a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or niece or nephew, there is also an increased risk.
If you notice any change on your skin, make an appointment with your doctor. Skin cancer treatments are much more effective on cancers that are found early.
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