People who get a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at greater risk for skin cancer.
Sunlight is the main source of UV rays, but you don’t have to avoid the sun completely to protect yourself like a pro. Check out these 5 tips to limit your exposure to UV rays.
- Seek Shade. Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, the sun is at its strongest. Try to limit your expose to UV rays by finding a shaded spot to relax.
- Wear UV Protective Clothing. Many companies now offer clothing that is light, breathable and protects against harmful UV rays.
- Take a Shot! No, not that kind. Slather yourself down in a shot-glass’ worth of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. Use a teaspoon worth just for your face. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 1 – 2 hours if exposed to water or sweat, and every 3 – 4 hours for regular daily use. Be sure to read and follow any instructions on the label.
- Find a Good Hat. Hats with a 2-3-inch brim are best for protecting areas often exposed to intense sun, such as your nose, forehead and ears.
- Grab Those Sunglasses. Ideally, sunglasses should block 99 – 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Make sure you check the label, before you check out.
Avoiding sun during peak hour and using sun protective clothing/hats should be your 1st line of defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
In addition to the above tips, it's important to examine your body monthly because skin cancers detected early can almost always be cured. The most important warning sign is a spot on the skin that is changing in size, shape, or color during a period of 1 month to 1 or 2 years. Be sure to contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions.
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