Sun Exposure: Finding a Balance
- Use sunscreen. Make sure the sunscreen protects against UV 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. It is also a good idea to wear sun hats and sunglasses when outdoors.
- Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths.
Sunlight and Skin Cancer
The Benefits of the Sun
To Sun or Not to Sun?
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/17/2013 -
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