Do you Practice Safe Sun?

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Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and unprotected UV exposure the most preventable risk factor.

Luckily, protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Seek Shade – Keeping in mind that the sun’s rays are strongest from 10 AM to 2 PM.
  2. Wear Sun-Protective Clothing – When possible, wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection. For additional protection, choose clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number on the label.
  3. Apply Sunscreen - Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin that isn’t covered by clothing and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.

Click Here to test your knowledge about sun protection and share your results on social media with the hashtag #PracticeSafeSun to help others avoid harmful UV exposure.

In addition to being the most common type of cancer in the United States, Skin Cancer is also the most treatable – if detected early so be sure to practice monthly self-exams using the ABCDE’s of melanoma and, if you find any new spots, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching, or bleeding – contact your dermatologist and don’t skip your annual check up by your dermatologist.

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