Skin cancer prevention involves two components: ensuring protection from the sun's harmful rays and being vigilant about early detection. In this section, you will find tips on how to best protect yourself and how to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.

Sun Protection Tips

Protecting yourself from sun exposure is the most important thing you can do to prevent against skin cancer. Sun protection involves a 360° approach

Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun.
  • Try to avoid peak sun hours if possible, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Seek shade when possible, such as from sun shades, awnings, canopies, or umbrellas.
Always wear a sunscreen.
  • Dermatologists recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Ensure proper application of sunscreen. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Look for water-resistant and sweat-resistant sunscreens if you know you will be engaging in extended outdoor activity
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes
Cover up.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV protective clothing (UPF measures the UV protection offered by clothing).
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes

Early Detection

When detected early, skin cancer has a 98% survival rate*. Learn about how you can spot the warning signs of skin cancer.

* Source: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
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