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Protect Yourself from the Sun


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Reducing sun burns and exposure to UV radiation among children under age 18 can prevent 90% of skin cancers later in life.

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  • Limit sun exposure.
  • Seek shade.
  • Cover up! Wear hats, too.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally, and use at least 15 SPF. Reapply frequently.
  • Be sure your sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Do not use indoor tanning beds.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses.
  • Teach children sun-protective behavior and keep reminding your teen.

Further resources

The Cancer Center offers the SunSafe Programs, which are free and fun community-wide tools that preschools, schools, sports teams, town recreation programs, parents, and health care providers can use to promote sun protection among children. For more information, see the SunSafe Programs section.