Sun protection is an important precaution to guard against skin cancer and reducing signs of aging. Each year, there are over 1 million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S.
To help protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays:
Use sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that has sun-protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that screens out both UVB and UVA rays. Always use plenty of sunscreen, and reapply as directed on the package label.
Wear protective clothing. Clothing offers protection against UV rays but small amounts can pass through fabrics that are loosely woven or wet.
Plan outdoor activities for less sunnier times of day. Plan outdoor activities for early morning, late afternoon or evening whenever possible.
Seek shade when outside. This reduces the potential for sun damage; however, even shaded areas can contain UV rays bent by the atmosphere.
Avoid tanning booths. There is no such thing as a safe tan from a tanning booth. If you want a tan, consider using sunless tanning products.
Inspect your skin regularly. Early detection is important. Look for changes in your skin, including moles.
It is never too late to start protecting your skin.
Mayo Clinic Minute: The ABCDE melanoma test
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