Reduce Your Risk

UV Safety

No one is immune from skin cancer, but some people are at higher risk. People at higher risk are those with light skin, lots of moles, blonde or red hair, or have a family history of skin cancer. Please remember skin cancer does not discriminate against skin color or age. You can reduce your risks of developing skin cancer by the following:

Limit UV Exposure

Avoid too much exposure to the sun and other sources of UV light. If you’re outside, cover-up. Find shade. Use an umbrella, tarp, or canopy, especially between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Apply sunscreen. It’s important to use a high-SPF sunblock consistently, no matter how old you are or what type of skin you have.

Clothing

Some clothing is made with built-in UV protection and dark colors are better than light colors. Wear a hat. A hat with a brim will protect the ears, neck, eyes, nose, forehead, and scalp. A cap with fabric draping down the sides and back is also good.

Wear Sunglasses

Look for sunglasses labeled as blocking UVA and UVB light. Protect children. Children tend to spend more time outdoors and are not likely to apply the sunscreen on their own. Teach them to protect themselves.

Tanning Beds

Avoid using tanning beds and sunlamps…these are not safe alternatives to the sun! Spray tans are a safe alternative for color!

Facts About Sunscreen

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates the amount of time you can spend in the sun with protection. We recommend a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+. Apply it 30 minutes before going outside and follow product directions for reapplication.