It is important to understand what contributes to the risk of getting skin cancer and how to help prevent yourself, family and friends from developing it. Research has shown that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. UV radiation penetrates the skin and causes cell damage that can potentially develop into skin cancer over time. The major source of UV radiation exposure encountered on a daily basis is transmitted from the sun. Artificial sunlight, produced from tanning bulbs and lamps, also yields harmful UV radiation to the skin.

There are multiple ways to prevent overexposure to UV radiation. Limiting sun exposure, applying appropriate sunscreen often, wearing protective clothing and avoiding tanning bulbs/lamps are ways to keep your skin healthy and lower the risk of developing skin cancer.

A few serious sunburns early in life can increase the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, as a teenager or adult. A child’s skin is more susceptible to harm from UV rays. On average, about 23 percent of sun exposure during a person’s lifetime occurs by the age of 18. It is important to protect children with the various methods previously discussed and educate them on how to properly utilize those methods. Here are some basic tips to remember to help prevent UV damage:

  • Outside activities should take place before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
  • Conduct outside activities in shaded areas
  • Apply appropriate sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 (if child is under 6 months old, consult a doctor on the proper sunscreen to use)
  • Reapply appropriate sunscreen after activities involving water or heavy perspiration
  • Dress your children in tightly woven clothing from head to toe when possible
  • Be sure to protect the child’s scalp, ears and face with a broad-brimmed hat

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