Not only does UV radiation from the sun cause premature aging and skin cancer, it can also reach you even when you are attempting to avoid it! UV radiation can penetrate clouds and glass, and bounce off of snow, water, and sand. Additionally, sun damage accumulates over the years from prolonged exposure to harmful UV and other activities such as walking the dog, driving, going from your car to the store or other buildings, and checking the mail.
This is why preventing skin cancer by protecting your skin warrants a comprehensive approach. The Colorado Melanoma Foundation recommends that you:
Seek shade from the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
Avoid tanning and NEVER use tanning beds!
Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. Make sure to re-apply every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.
Perform Self Skin Exams
Examine your skin from head-to-toe once a month and notify your dermatologist of anything new or changing on the skin.
Never Let Your Skin Burn
Don't get sunburned!
Visit Your Dermatologist
See a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam.