Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer


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.