Skin Cancer: What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation.

The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the United States.

The Center for Disease Control recommends these tips for protection from UV radiation:

•Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours

•Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs

•Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck

•Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays

•Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection

•Avoid indoor tanning

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