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.

Screenshot of the EPA's SunWise UV Index Daily UV Forecast

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.

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