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  Oct 12, 2018

Skin Cancer Prevention

One of the major risk factors for skin cancer is exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. The best method for prevention of skin cancer is to protect oneself from such exposure.

Steps and measures to reduce sun exposure include the following;

Seeking shade

To limit sun exposure one should avoid being in direct sunlight for too long. This is particularly important between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the UV light is at its strongest.

A simple shadow test may be applied to check the directness and intensity of the sun. If one’s shadow is shorter than their body size the sun’s rays are the strongest and protection is necessary. The UV rays become more intense in the spring before temperatures get warmer and people may get sunburns before summer sets in mainly because they fail to protect themselves.

Areas with snow, sand (beaches), water etc. increase UV exposure due to reflected light and more protection is needed. UV rays can also reach below the water’s surface, pass through windows, windshields etc. Before venturing outdoors the UV index may be checked in the local newspaper, TV, radio, and online forecasts. It is also available on the EPA’s web site at