It is important to prevent potential harm from the sun while we enjoy more sunny days during the summer. Learn more about simple steps to take to protect yourself from the summer sun below. Spend time outside walking or exercising – earn one My Wellness point for each day you reach 8,000 or more steps, and another point each day for 30 or more minutes of exercise. Track your activity in the My Wellness portal to earn points!
Skin Cancer and You – from the Live Well, Work Well newsletter
At least 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, making skin cancer the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly preventable by avoiding excessive sun exposure. Here are a few tips to protect your skin from the sun:
- Stay in the shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays are the strongest.
- Wear dark-colored clothes made of tightly woven fabrics and a hat that shields your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them.
- Apply sunscreen all over your body and lips and reapply at least every two hours—and after swimming or sweating. Learn more about picking the right sunscreen in the infographic below.
Most skin cancer cases are curable if diagnosed and treated early enough. Inspecting your skin for any spots or changes in color or appearance is important, as new spots or changes may indicate cancer. If you have any concerns, see your doctor.