Summer is officially in full swing, which for many people means spending more time in the sun. But whether you’re heading to the beach or lounging in your backyard, it’s important to always practice sun safety.
Some tips for staying safe in the sun include:
- Wear waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply often.
- Don lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your whole body.
- Seek the shade or avoid the sun during its peak hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses.
While most melanoma is curable in its early stages, it is still one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide, especially among women under 30. If you or a loved one is coping with skin cancer, contact CancerCare. Our free services include support groups and individual counseling from professional oncology social workers.
View all of our services for people coping with melanoma.
If you have been affected by advanced skin cancer, check out Faces of Skin Cancer, an online community where you can hear from others and share your experiences. The website will donate $1 to advanced skin cancer programs each time the video on the homepage is viewed and for each new story submitted.