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Skin Cancer Prevention
Be sun smart and practice skin cancer prevention!
Skin cancer prevention should be practiced every day! UV radiation from the sun isn’t just dangerous, it’s also sneaky. Not only can it cause premature aging and skin cancer, it reaches you even when you’re trying to avoid it – penetrating clouds and glass, and bouncing off of snow, water and sand. What’s more, sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store and bringing in the mail. Skin cancer prevention needs to be something you do daily! Make putting on your sunscreen every morning the same priority as brushing your teeth. Make it a habit!
That’s why skin cancer prevention requires protecting yourself completely. The Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology recommend that you:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is the strongest..
- Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds. Try air-brushed tanning for a healthy glow.
- Cover up with sun-safe clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad- spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. Find sunscreen by searching our Recommended Products.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Only use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. View some handy tips here on our website!
- See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
- Get all the details: Your Daily Sun Protection Guide.
What is “UV Index”?
We want to see all our patients with the healthiest skin. Knowing when the sun is really strong is super important to be able to protect yourself from sunburns. The UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Did you know that as few as 5 sunburns in your life doubles your chances of getting Melanoma?
Did you know that the number of skin cancers diagnosed each year exceeds all other cancers COMBINED?!
Sunburns can even happen on cloudy and overcast days. Protect your skin every day with a Board-Spectrum (UVA and UVB) SPF 30 sunscreen every day, 365 days a year.