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Posted on: May 1, 2014

[ARCHIVED] May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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.

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