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Skin Cancer & Sun Safety

Click here to download our Sun Safety tip sheet (PDF 725 KB)

Skin cancer is directly related to sun exposure. Sun damage is cumulative — and the results of too much sun may not show up for two or three decades. Shielding your skin should be year-round, lifelong and everyday habit.

Keep safe in the sun:

  • Wear a hat with a wide brim.

  • Use sun protection any time you are in the sun for more than 10 minutes.

  • Use a sunblock or a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15.

  • Some foods and medications can make you more sensitive to the sun. They include parsley, figs, carrots, celery, limes, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, tetracycline, antidepressants and thiazide diuretics.

  • Skin products such as Retin-A or renova or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) may also increase sensitivity.

  • The best protection — stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This information is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician.

Click here to take a "Suntelligence" Survey from the American College of Dermatology

Click here for Smart Sun Safety for teens from the Skin Cancer Foundation

Click here for more information from the American Cancer Society

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