- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure the sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB radiation.
- Do not stay out in the sun for a long time, especially when the sun is at its strongest (mid-morning to late afternoon).
- Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants made of a tightly woven material, such as linen. It is also a good idea to wear sun hats and sunglasses when outdoors. UV protection clothing is available, but the protection wears off with each laundering and standards are still being developed.
- Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths.
Sunlight and Skin Cancer
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2015 -
- Update Date: 10/17/2013 -