Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

How can someone enjoy spending time in the sun without putting themselves at risk for developing skin cancer?

Spending time in the sun enjoying your favorite outdoor activities is fun, and you don’t have to skip out on that to avoid the risk of skin cancer.

The best ways to lower your risk of skin cancer while being outside in the sun, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), include:

  • Apply and reapply sunscreen and lip balm that is SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours (or more frequently if swimming or sweating)
  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when possible
  • Look for shade, especially in the middle of the day
  • Protect your skin even on overcast days
  • Put on a hat, preferably one with a wide brim that shades your face, neck and ears
  • Wear protective clothing that is comfortable and made of tightly woven fabrics
  • Wear sunglasses with 99 percent to 100 percent UV absorption

For more information about spending time in the sun while staying safe from skin cancer, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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