Every year, there are 63,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Ultraviolet (UV) exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. A new CDC study shows that the majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
In fact, fewer than 15% of men and fewer than 30% of women reported using sunscreen regularly on their face and other exposed skin when outside for more than 1 hour.
Many women report that they regularly use sunscreen on their faces but not on other exposed skin.
Choose sun protection strategies that work.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15+ to protect any exposed skin.
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and other clothes to protect skin.
- Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every two hours and after swimming, sweating, and toweling off.