Understanding Skin Cancer -- Prevention

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on May 17, 2019

How Can I Prevent Skin Cancer?

If you are at risk for skin cancer, take the following precautions whenever possible:

  • Avoid intense sun exposure by staying out of it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
  • Outside, wear a hat with a brim, long sleeves, trousers, and sunglasses that block UV radiation.
  • Use UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing. Or use Rit Sun Guard Laundry Treatment UV Protectant.
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher whenever you are outside.
  • Report suspicious skin lesions to a doctor at once, especially if you have abnormal-looking moles or a family history of melanoma.
  • Have a yearly mole check.
WebMD Medical Reference



American Academy of Dermatology: "Skin Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Skin Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cells."

American Cancer Society: :"Melanoma Skin Cancer."


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