Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but damage from the sun can start during childhood.
Protecting your skin from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet (UV) rays is the best way to prevent skin cancer. To protect your skin:
- Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Cover up with long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses.
- Avoid indoor tanning, which is also a source of UV rays.
You can learn more about skin cancer & prevention at healthfinder.gov.