(Sun)block Out Skin Cancer

Summer sun means lots of fun. But too many rays can lead to skin cancer. The good news? You can prevent it!

You know you should put on sunscreen when enjoying the pool or the beach. But there’s more you can do to protect your skin.

Sunscreen in all settings. You don’t need to be in a swimsuit to slather up. If you’re out for a walk, at a baseball game, or working in the yard, you can get sunburned. So always sunblock up before spending extended time outdoors.

Go beyond sunscreen. Pack a bag of sun-safe items when you head out. A lightweight shirt or coverup can help block sun, as can a wide-brimmed hat. And don’t forget the sunglasses to protect your eyes!

Stay in the shade. Make sure you alternate between direct sun exposure and some shade time. Taking a break will help keep you cool and protect your skin.

Know your skin. Common signs of skin cancer are changes in your skin, such as new growths, changing moles or a sore that won’t heal. If you have any of these, talk to your doctor.

Think you’ve got sun facts in the bag? Test your skin cancer knowledge with this quiz from the CDC.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/skincancer/index.htm