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Protect Your Skin: How to Avoid Sun Exposure

IMAGE You may feel healthier with a bit of a tan, but your skin does not appreciate it. The sunlight that warms our bones and makes flowers grow contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage the skin.

Here's Why:

Exposure to UV radiation from sunlight can lead to:

Here's How:

To help protect your skin when you are in the sun, follow these simple tips:

The UV Index

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service put out the UV Index. This is a daily report on the UV radiation levels in different areas in the country. Here is how to interpret the number:

RESOURCES

American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org

The Skin Cancer Foundation http://www.skincancer.org

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca

Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca

References

Alberta Provincial Cutaneous Tumour Team. Prevention of skin cancer. Edmonton (Alberta): CancerControl Alberta; 2013 Feb. 27 p. (Clinical practice guideline; no. CU-014). Available at: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=48130#Section420. Accessed October 20, 2014.

Early detection and self exams. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Get in on the trend. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/clothing/get-in-on-the-trend. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Melanoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 16, 2014. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Skin cancer: prevention. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/prevention.html. Updated February 2011. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Preventing skin cancer. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/prevention-guidelines. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Prevention guidelines. Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/prevention-guidelines. Accessed March 6, 2014.

Sunscreen FAQs. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: https://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/sunscreens. Accessed October 20, 2014.

UV index scale. United States Environmental Protection Agency website. Available at: http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/uv-index-scale. Accessed March 6, 2014.

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