Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. CDC recommends these easy options—
- Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
- Indoor tanning among high school students in the United States
- State indoor tanning laws and adolescent indoor tanning
- Total body skin examination for skin cancer screening among U.S. adults from 2000 to 2010
This podcast explains who is at the highest risk for skin cancer and how to protect yourself and your family.
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