Reducing Your Risk of Melanoma
- Cover your skin with clothing, including a shirt and a hat with a broad brim.
- When outside, try to sit in shady areas.
- Avoid exposing your skin to the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. standard time or 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daylight saving time.
- Use broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more on skin that will be exposed to the sun.
- Wear sunglasses with 99% or 100% UV absorption to protect your eyes.
- Don't use sun lamps or tanning booths.
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -
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