Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

UW Health Services
Free sunblock from UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer CenterFree Sunscreen Offer
Summer is just about here, and the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center wants to help you prepare.

The first 500 respondents to our online sunscreen giveaway received a free sunblock pocket pump (this form is no longer available - all 500 free sunscreen samples have been given away).
Are you ready for the sun?

Here are a few tips for your safety in the sun:
  • 10am-3pm is the most dangerous time to be out in the sun.
  • Use sunscreen liberally and often. Sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 applied at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure offers the best protection.
  • You can get sunburned on cloudy and wintry days. Up to 80 percent of ultraviolet radiation comes though cloud cover.
  • Never use sunlamps, tanning booths, tanning pills or sun accelerators.
  • Skin damage begins as soon as the skin is exposed to the sun, not just with a sunburn.
  • Use sunglasses that offer broad spectrum ultraviolet (UVA/UVB) protection.
  • The sun's rays reach through as many as three feet of clear water and six to eight inches of lake water.
  • More than 10 minutes of direct sunlight is dangerous for a newborn.
  • Even people with naturally darker skin can develop skin cancer.
  • 80 percent of sun damage occurs before the age 18.
  • After the tan or sunburn fades the cellular damage remains. Sun damage is accumulative.