Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and includes
different types. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of
melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer
risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.
Sun Safety Tips
Plan your sun protection using these tips:
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both
UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection
factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming,
sweating, or toweling off.
Fast Facts about Skin Cancer
Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little
as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the
full effect of sun exposure. Plan ahead so that when you’re having
fun outdoors, you won’t forget to
protect yourself from the sun.
- Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays,
not the temperature, do the damage.
Tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your skin after time outside indicates damage
from UV rays.
Anyone can get skin cancer, but some things put you at
Indoor tanning exposes users to UVA and UVB rays, which damage skin and can lead to cancer.
A change somewhere on your skin is the most common
sign of skin cancer. This could be a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change
in a mole.
Source: CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)