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What are the best ways to prevent skin cancer?

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You can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by following these guidelines:

  • Limit sun exposure. Attempt to avoid the sun's rays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Apply sunscreen every day. Use a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 both before and every 60 to 80 minutes during sun exposure. Select products that filter both UVA and UVB light. The label will tell you.
  • If you are likely to sunburn, wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid artificial tanning booths.
  • Conduct monthly self-exams.

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

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