According to the American Cancer Society, most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some of this exposure may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps, but most of this exposure comes from the sun. When skin cancers are caught early, they’re generally not a major problem to your health. But when skin cancers are caught at later stages, they have a higher risk associated with them.
Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun.
Who should be screened for skin cancer?
Everyone should perform monthly head-to-toe self-examination of their skin. Everyone, regardless of their history with skin cancer, should protect themselves year-round.
How do I protect myself from UV rays?
Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, “Slip! Slop! Slap!®and Wrap” is a catchphrase that can help you remember some of the key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
Slip on a shirt
Slop on sunscreen
Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them