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Lifestyle measures

Preventing skin cancer involves reducing exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. These lifestyle measures may help reduce your UV exposure and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer: 

Lifestyle Measures. MayoClinic

Avoid midday sun exposure

The sun’s rays are most powerful between 10AM and 4PM; if possible, avoid exposure to the sun during this time


Wearing sunscreen year round can help ensure you are always protected

Sunscreens with ingredients such as titanium dioxide mexoryl are more effective at blocking the UV rays responsible for melanoma

Broad-spectrum sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 provide the best protection

Sunscreen should be applied on any exposed skin, including lips, the tops of your ears and the back or your hands and neck

Sunscreen should be applied 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapplied every 2 or 3 hours (and immediately after activities such as exercise or swimming)

Protective clothing

Sunscreens do not provide complete protection against the sun; dark, tightly woven clothing can help protect you from harmful UV rays

Avoid tanning beds

Tanning beds emit UV rays, which may be just as dangerous as those that come from the sun

Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications

Certain medications make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, increasing the risk of sunburn and skin cancer. Ask your doctor about whether any prescribed medication will make your skin more sensitive to the sun

Check your skin regularly

Regular self exams can help ensure the earliest possible detection of skin cancer and can allow you to seek medical advice sooner

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