How to Protect Yourself From the Sun and Skin Cancer

How to Protect Yourself From the Sun and Skin Cancer

Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Summer’s here, and it’s finally time to soak up some rays. But before you go outside, make sure to educate yourself on how to enjoy the sun while staying safe.

The risk of skin cancer shouldn’t be treated lightly. In fact, it’s the most common form of cancer, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 96,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2019 alone. Over the last 30 years, the rate of melanoma has been increasing.

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It’s important to monitor your exposure to the sun, whether it’s shining or not. These tips will help you stay sun safe:

  • Stay in the shade. When possible, sit in the shade or shade your body under an umbrella or hat to avoid ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure.
  • Wear sunglasses, as the eyes are extremely sensitive to the sun. Wearing sunglasses reduces UV exposure up to 98%.
  • Sunscreen is key. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and reapply it every two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing. Long sleeves, high collared shirts and pants that cover the skin are your best protection. Look for clothing with sun protection.

Finally, it’s better to be safe than sorry: Cover up when you are unsure of harmful exposure to the sun. This infographic explains how to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Skin Cancer Infographic
by Heidi Tyline King

Concerned about skin care and your risk of skin cancer? Our dermatologists can help. If you are in the Los Angeles area, request an appointment or call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273).