Sylvie’s Summer Sun Suggestions

What is Melanoma?

  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer
  • Melanoma is more closely linked to sun exposure in early life than adulthood

Most Skin Cancer Can Be Prevented

  • 90% of melanoma cases can be linked to exposure to ultraviolet rays
  • One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life
  • Daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces melanoma risk by 50%

 

5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer : SunAWARE

  • Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan
  • Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round
  • Apply recommended amounts of broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or as needed
  • Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report suspicious changes to a parent or healthcare provider
  • Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE