Skin Cancer Foundation-Approved Advice for Practicing Safe Sun.
+ Seek the shade. Especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun is at it’s strongest.
+ Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer in humans. Indoor UV tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than those who have never tanned indoors.
+ Cover up with clothing. Including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with densely woven and bright or dark-colored fabrics which offer the best defense.
+ Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. Make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day with at least 5% Zinc Oxide. For extended outdoor activity a water-resistant broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
+ Keep newborns out of the sun. This is because their skin is extremely vulnerable. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. Just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.
+ Self-examine your skin from head to toe each month. While this should not replace your annual skin exam with your physician, it does offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer.
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