Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer
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).
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.