Sun Safety – Make it a Daily Priority!

Many people find it hard to believe that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. Although risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, some general risk factors include:

  • A lighter natural skin color
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • A personal history of skin cancer
  • Exposure to the sun through work and play
  • A history of sunburns early in life
  • A history of indoor tanning
  • Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Blond or red hair
  • Certain types and a large number of moles

To lower your risk of getting skin cancer, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these easy options:

  • Stay in the shade, especially during mid-day 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 block both UVA and UVB rays
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and offers both UVA and UVB protection
  • Avoid indoor tanning

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Protect your family and yourself from skin cancer – make sun safety a daily priority!

Citation: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/index.htm