Skin Cancer Prevention
Learn more about Skin Cancer Prevention
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and ultra-violent radiation from sunlight is the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancers.
The following are steps you can take to prevent yourself from skin cancer:
- Minimize sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you enjoy the outdoors, try your best to schedule your activities outside the peak sun hours or seek shade.
- Slap on a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply at least every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Typically you need at least 2 tablespoons or a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover the exposed areas of your body.
- Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lipstick or lip balm containing sunscreen.
- Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and ultraviolent blocking sunglasses.
- Avoid the use of tanning beds.
- If you still want that “sun glow look,” consider a safer option such as a sunless tanning lotion or a spray tan.