Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United states. In fact, it has been estimated that one in five Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. There are many things you can do to decrease UV exposure and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Avoid outdoor activities during peak UV hours between 10 AM and 2PM, and seek shade when possible
- Apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Look for physical sunscreens, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, instead of chemical sunscreens. These provide a larger range of UV protection
- Cover your skin with lightweight clothing with SPF.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Avoid indoor and outdoor tanning. Tan skin is a sign of damaged skin and increases your risk of developing skin cancer, even without a sunburn.
- Check your skin regularly and call your dermatologist if you notice changes in skin lesions. Skin cancer is very treatable when discovered early.