Feb 23, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting the 5 behaviors that may prevent up to 50% of cancers.

Sun safety is important for everyone. Skin cancer is more common among people with a light (fair) skin tone, but anyone can get it. Skin cancer can be treated if caught early, but if it is ignored, it can be severely disfiguring. Some skin cancers can spread to vital organs in your body and then can become deadly. Practice these sun-smart tips all year long.

 Preventing Sun Damage

  • Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Protect your skin with broad-brimmed hats and clothing such as long sleeves and pants.
  • Use a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after water sports.
  • Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
  • Avoid tanning beds or sun lamps.
  • Try not to burn or tan your skin.

Playing It Safe with Early Detection

  • Examine your skin monthly using the ABCDE warning signs and report any changes to your health care provider.
  • Consider an annual skin exam with a health care provider.

Knowing Your Risk

Learn the factors that increase skin cancer risk: UV radiation exposure; skin that sunburns or freckles easily; a family or personal history of skin cancer; light-colored eyes; light or red hair; and many and/or unusual moles.

For more information about cancer prevention, call the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center toll free 1-888-424-2100 or text “askhci” to 66746.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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