Four Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer and Keeping Skin Healthy

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM.

There are many misconceptions surrounding skin health, particularly when it comes to skin cancer and sun protection.  For example, spending time outdoors without sun protection is not the best way to obtain vitamin D; doing so will increase your risk of skin cancers, premature skin aging and a weakened immune system. Vitamin D can be acquired safely through diet and supplements.

Another common myth is that you need sun protection only on sunny days. The intensity of the sun’s UV rays is not simply linked to air temperature, and while bright, hot, sunny days always pose UV risks, you can damage your skin on cold or cloudy days as well. This is because even when it’s overcast, between 50 and 80 percent of UV rays penetrate the clouds to reach the skin.

Never skimp on sun protection (even indoors)

The Foundation recommends adopting a complete sun-protection regimen: cover up with protective clothing (including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses), seek shade between 10 AM and 4 PM, and wear sunscreen every day. Because UVA radiation can pass through glass, be mindful of sun protection even while at home and in the car. Consider installing window film, which can block almost 100 percent of UVA radiation from penetrating glass. For more information, please visit SkinCancer.org.

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.



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