Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough. We have listed a few skin cancer prevention tips below:
- Seek the shade, especially between the suns peak hours of 10AM and 4PM.
- Do not let your skin burn
- Avoid Tanning and UV Tanning Booths
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Examine your skin head to toe every month, noting changes in moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks or new marks on your skin.
- Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications. Some common prescription and over the counter drugs including antibiotics; certain cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes medications; and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)— can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any medications you take. If they increase your sensitivity to sunlight, take extra precautions to stay out of the sun in order to protect your skin.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam
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