Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. The following are ways to have fun in the sun and enjoy the summer safely:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 15, providing protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Re-apply every 2 hours, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing.
  • Seek shade; remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect damaging rays.
  • Protect children.
  • Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet, including vitamin supplements.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

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