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To protect your skin, you need to know the risks. Many people know some of what they need to do to stay safe. But there are common misconceptions that can increase your risk. You may not know these three key facts.
The best way to stay safe is to prevent skin cancer. Here’s what to do to cut your risk.
First, remember that protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is vital all the time. But it’s good to be extra careful when you’re outdoors a lot, such as those long summer days.
Second, know that the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the late spring and summer are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the U.S.
Easy choices for protection:
If you do get skin cancer, it’s vital to catch it early, especially if you get melanoma. But all types of skin cancer are most easily treated when caught early. Talk to your doctor about what screening you might need for skin cancer.
And be on the lookout yourself for any changes. The Skin Cancer Foundation says self-exams are a key to early detection. Be sure to check the areas that don’t get direct sun exposure as well as the areas that do. What you’re looking for are changes on your skin:
Skin changes can happen at any time. If you find a new spot or one that’s changing, it's time to check in with your doctor.
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