Since its establishment in 1979, the Skin Cancer Foundation has been recommending SPF 15 or higher sunscreen as an important part of a complete sun protection program. However, sunscreen alone is not enough. Read the skin cancer prevention tips.
1. Look for shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
2. Do not burn.
3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
4. Covered with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV protection sunglasses.
5. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a daily SPF of 15 or higher. For extended outdoor activities, use a waterproof broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
6. Apply 1 oz (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to the entire body within 30 minutes before going out, reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
7. Keep newborns away from the sun. Sunscreen should be used for infants older than six months.
8. Check your skin’s head to toe every month.
9. Visit a doctor every year for a professional skin check.