At least 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, making skin cancer the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly preventable by avoiding excessive sun exposure. Here are a few tips to protect your skin from the sun:
- Stay in the shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays are the strongest.
- Wear dark-colored clothes made of tightly woven fabrics and a hat that shields your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them.
- Apply sunscreen all over your body and lips and reapply at least every two hours—and after swimming or sweating. Learn more about picking the right sunscreen in the infographic below.
Most skin cancer cases are curable if diagnosed and treated early enough. Inspecting your skin for any spots or changes in color or appearance is important, as new spots or changes may indicate cancer. If you have any concerns, see your doctor.