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What City Tops the 'Sun Smart' List?

Survey Ranks Cities by Their Residents' Knowledge of Sun Cancer Protection

Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer

To reduce the risk of skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following tips:

  • Find shade whenever possible, keeping in mind that the sun's rays are most potent between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, find shade.
  • Use a generous supply of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Reapply about every two hours, even on cloudy days and after swimming and perspiring.
  • Protect children from sun exposure by using protective clothing and sunscreen and playing in the shade.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. A sunless self-tanning product may provide a tanned look, but remember to use it along with sunscreen.
  • Wear protective apparel such as a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt whenever possible.
  • A person is more likely to get sunburned when near water, snow, and sand because of their reflective properties. 
  • Do not seek the sun to meet requirements for Vitamin D. Consider a healthy diet that includes vitamin supplements.
  • Check your skin every year. If you see any skin findings that are changing, growing, or bleeding, see a dermatologist.

City Rankings

Curious about how the 26 cities stacked up in terms of sun smarts? Check out their rankings.

No. 1 - Hartford

No. 2 - Salt Lake City

No. 3 - Denver

No. 4 - Tampa, Fla.

No. 5 - Boston

No. 6 - Phoenix

No. 7 - Atlanta

No. 8 - Philadelphia

No. 9 - Portland

No. 10 - Baltimore

No. 11 - Dallas

No. 12 - Houston

No. 13 - Miami

No. 14 - San Francisco

No. 15 - Washington, D.C.

No. 16 - Detroit

No. 17 - San Diego

No. 18 - Cincinnati

No. 19 - New York

No. 20 - Minneapolis

No. 21 - St. Louis

No. 22 - Los Angeles

No. 23 - Seattle

No. 24 - Cleveland

No. 25 - Chicago

No. 26 - Pittsburgh

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