how you can prevent skin cancer:
Stay out of the sun when it's strongest-between 11 a.m.
and 3 p.m. You can estimate how dangerous the rays are by your
shadow: if you can't see your shadow at all, you're at maximum
risk; if your shadow is shorter than you are, you're at high
risk; if your shadow extends beyond you, you're in safer
Keep the kids away from the sun. Two thirds of sun damage
is done before our teenaged years are over. Babies less than six
months old are too young for sunscreen; keep them out of the sun
Wear tightly woven fabrics and a large-brimmed hat to
protect your head, face, ears and neck.
Buy a "broad spectrum" protection sunscreen.
Dermatologists recommend at least an SPF 15. An interesting
note: SPF 30 gives only 3% more protection than SPF 15. More
Toss the year-old bottle. Sunscreen loses its
effectiveness as it ages, especially if it's exposed to extreme
Pucker up to sunscreen. Your lips are more vulnerable to
cancer than you think. Remember them when you slather on the SPF
Wear protective sunglasses. Not only can they look
trendy, but they also can protect your eyes from the sun, which
can cause cataracts and retinal damage. More
about your shades.
You may not be made in the shade. UV rays are reflected
by all kinds of surfaces, including water, sand, snow and
pavement. A rule of thumb-if you're outside, you're exposed.
Don't go tanning anywhere. The tanning salon carries the
same risks as the beach.
Can't cope without color? Try some of the fake tanning
products currently on the market.