Most moles and melanomas
develop as a result of sun exposure. The most harmful effects of sun
exposure occur during early childhood. It is important for everyone
to be aware of how they can offer themselves the best sun protection.
Sun exposure comes from direct as well as indirect sunlight. The following
tips will allow you to remain active while reducing your direct sun
exposure. Remember that just because you are not laying in the sun
doesnít mean the sun wonít find you and whether you are in the garden
or on the golf course, it is prudent to be careful. Donít forget that
winter sun may not seem harsh but can be damaging to the skin
Minimize Sun Exposure
Consider your outdoor activities when the ultraviolet rays of the
sun are at their weakest, before 10:00 am and after 3:00 pm. Always
keep children under the age of one out of the sun. Cloudy days and
overcast weather can still let through a lot of sunlight and remember
that sunlight is reflected off of water, snow, sand and concrete.
Donít Forget the Shade
Seek natural shade from trees and buildings. You can create your own
shade with an umbrella.
The best protection is a physical barrier between you and the sun.
This can be done with a hat that covers your nose and ears. Arms and
legs can be protected with loose fitting cotton clothing that will
keep you cooler than bare skin. Children should always wear a T-shirt
A broad-spectrum sunscreen protecting against both UVA and UVB rays
with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 30 or more should be applied
before all outdoor activities. It should be reapplied frequently as
its effectiveness is gradually reduced from exposure to the sunlight.