Skin Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Skin Cancer Prevention

  • Avoid the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, and don’t use sun lamps or tanning beds.
  • Always use sunscreen and lip balm with UVB and UVA protection with SPF 30 or more, even on cloudy days.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen—a palm full—20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours if in continuous sun.
  • Wear sunglasses that have been treated to absorb UV radiation, a wide brim hat, and clothing made of tightly woven material with long sleeves.
  • Protect children from the sun. Childhood sunburns may increase the risk of melanoma later in life.

Skin Cancer Early Detection

  • Look at your skin once a month. Tell your health care professional about any changes.
  • Have your health care professional examine your skin once a year after age 50.

As part of Cancer Prevention Month in February 2014, check out the Feel the Love: Check Your Mate™ awareness campaign.