Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., but it is also one of the most preventable cancers.
ONE in FIVE Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and nearly 20 Americans die from Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day. That is why it is so important to protect yourself from the sun. In addition to seeking shade and applying sunscreen, sun protective clothing can go a long way in protecting you from the sun’s harmful UV Rays.
- Sunglasses are an important part of your sun-protective wardrobe. When purchasing sunglasses, always look for lenses that offer UV protection. Lenses that appear dark do not necessarily offer UV protection, so make sure to read the label before purchasing.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat. A hat is a simple way to cover up your face and neck. When selecting a hat, choose one that has a wide brim to protect your ears, as well as your head and neck. Avoid baseball hats or straw hats with holes.
- Wear sun protective clothing. It is important to cover up as much skin as possible when spending time outdoors. Dark colors offer more protection than light. For example, a long-sleeved denim shirt provides an SPF of about 1,700, while a white t-shirt provides an SPF of about 7. In addition, if you are at the beach or pool, keep in mind that dry clothing offers more sun protection than wet clothing. For more effective sun protection, select clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number on the label.
- Do not forget your feet! When wearing sandals, flip-flops of going barefoot, apply sunscreen to all exposed skin.
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