Sun damage

It can take as little as 15 minutes in the sun to damage unprotected skin. It is vital to not forget sunscreen!

To prevent sunburn:

  • Cover up. Clothing that covers you and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection.
  • Wear a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears and neck are easy to use and provide great protection.
  • Use sunscreen with at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. Be sure to follow application directions on the bottle or tube. It’s best to apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses that block close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Limit exposure. UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is caused by high exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays primarily come from the sun but also can come from tanning beds or sun lamps.