Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s detected and treated early.
Take simple steps today to protect your skin:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Check your skin regularly for changes.
You can also get a daily forecast of the expected intensity of UV radiation from the sun. Download the EPA’s SunWise UV Index mobile app to track the daily UV forecast on the go.
Find More Information
- American Academy of Dermatology
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month Sponsor
- SPOT Skin Cancer
American Academy of Dermatology
- Skin Cancer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Skin Care and Aging
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
- Skin Cancer
National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute
- Protecting Yourself in the Sun
Occupational Health and Safety Administration
- Sun Safety
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Sun Safety for Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Parents
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