"Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common form of cancer in the United States," said Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of DCH’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs "The risk of developing skin cancer can significantly be reduced by protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays through wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen while outside in the sun."
More people are developing a deadly form of skin cancer known as melanoma. Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer. Every year an estimated 1,709 new melanoma cases are diagnosed in
- Do Not Burn
Overexposure to the sun is one of the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to “look” like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-tanning product instead
- Cover Up
Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, whenever possible
- Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and one that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn
- Check the UV Index
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can find the UV Index for your area online at: www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html
- Get Vitamin D Safely
Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t use the sun as your source of vitamin D
For more safe fun in the sun tips, please visit www.georgiahealthinfo.gov.