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Skin Cancer Prevention and Sun Safety

June 28, 2021

The summer months mean longer days and more time spent outside, enjoying fresh air, quality time and, of course, sunshine. While getting in your vitamin D is important for your health, so is staying alert to the potential dangers of sun exposure.

Make the most out of your time outside with these tips.

Dress the Part

When spending time in the sun, dress in sun-protective clothing. This can include hats, long sleeved shirts, long pants, and other pieces that cover your skin and eyes from direct sunlight. Look for materials with a tight weave and UV-protective sunglasses. If you can’t dress the part, stay cool and safe by spending time in shady or covered areas away from direct sunlight.


Using sunscreen is essential to sun protection. It protects against burns, but also wrinkles and several types of skin cancer. Experts recommend using a broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. FDA rules on product labeling prohibit sunscreen being labeled as “waterproof,” “sweat proof,” or “sunblock,” serving as important reminders that one application of sunscreen is not enough.

Spread the Word

At least 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. While it is the most common form of cancer, many cases are easily preventable by limiting exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Protect yourself and share sun safety and skin cancer prevention tips with those you love this summer.

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