To protect yourself follow these simple tips:
• Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.), when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage.
• Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
• Get a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
• Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
• Rub on sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
• Check your skin regularly and report changes to your doctor.
• Tanning beds and sunlamps emit UV rays that are as dangerous as those from the sun and therefore, should also be avoided.
Remember, both tanning and burning can increase a person's risk of skin cancer.
Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.