New Information: Tips
The following precautions should be taken to reduce the chances
of you and your family getting skin cancer.
- Minimize the time you spend in the sun at midday and when
the sun is at its strongest (between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.).
- Apply sunscreen. (link this point with Sunscreen Tips)
- Wear clothing that covers your body.
- Use wide-brimmed hats to shade your face.
- Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays.
- Avoid exposure to UV radiation from sunlamps or tanning parlors.
- Protect your children.(link this point with Protect Your
Be especially careful if you have fair skin, freckles, or numerous
moles; blond, red, or light-brown hair; blue, green, or gray eyes;
a tendency to burn easily and to tan little or not at all; and
a family history of skin cancer.
If you're not sure it's safe, do the shadow
test to make an on-the-spot UV estimate. (link the words shadow
test to Shadow Test)
The following tips will help you pick a sunscreen that is good
- Choose a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or greater.
- Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA
and UVB rays.
- Read product labels. Look for a waterproof brand if you will
be swimming or sweating.
- Buy a non-stinging product or one specially formulated for
use on faces if you're using it on your face.
- Buy a PABA-free brand if you are sensitive to that sunscreen
- If you have an oily skin or are acne-prone, select a water-based
- More expensive is not better. Although costly brands may
smell and feel better
Protect Your Children
The following tips will help you protect your children.
- Limit outdoor activities between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.,
when the sun's rays are the strongest.
- Don't forget there is reflective light in the shade.
- Babies less than 6 months old should not spend very much
time in the sun. If they are in the sun, they should wear protective
clothing, including a hat with a wide brim that shades their
face and sunglasses that filter harmful UV rays.
- Babies and children more than 6 months old should always
wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher.
- Kids should wear photoprotective clothing and hats. A white
T-shirt isn't good enough. A wet, light colored T-shirt protects
him/her as much as his/her