I don't know about you, but since skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the U.S., I want to do all I can to protect myself. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Here are some ways to help protect yourself.
- Avoid sun exposure from at least 11 am to 2 pm, when the sun's UV rays are the strongest. If you can, I would avoid the rays from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Wear sunscreen when you go outside - even if it's cloudy or cold out. Getting a sunburn is not only painful, but a person's risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had 5 or more sunburns.
- Create you own shade with an umbrella, sun hat, and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt and pants.
- Do I even need to tell you to avoid tanning salons? Use a self-tanner instead.
- Check your moles regularly. If one seems like it's changing shape or color - get it checked out by a dermatologist ASAP.