Skin Cancer Prevention

  1. Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more to all exposed skin when outdoors. The most effective sunscreens will include Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide in their ingredients.
  2. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses where possible.
  3. Seek shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4pm.
  4. Protect children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen.
  5. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  6. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements.
  7. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling.
  8. Do a monthly self skin-exam. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, contact a dermatologist.
  9. Watch our prevention video (above) to learn more and empower yourself with health knowledge!