Sun Safety

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

Seek shade from the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.

Sport Sunglasses
Don't forget your UV Blocking Sunglasses to shield your eyes.
Avoid Tanning

Avoid tanning and NEVER use tanning beds!

Wear Sun Protective Clothing

Cover up with sun-protective, or UPF rated, Clothing.

Apply Sunscreen

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.

Put on a Wide-brimmed Hat

Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, ears, face, and neck from harmful UV.

Never Let Your Skin Burn

Don't get sunburned!

Visit Your Dermatologist

See a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam.

Sun Safety Tips from The Sun Bus