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Cover up. Put on a shirt, use broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen (experts recommend using an amount the size of a golf ball), and wear a hat and sunglasses when out in the sun.
Avoid tanning beds. These give off harmful UV rays. In fact, they increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Check your skin. By examining your own skin and seeing your doctor regularly, most skin cancers can be found early.
This is especially important for people with lower immunity, a previous skin cancer diagnosis or a strong family history. Look for new moles or changes in existing moles.
More Summer Tips:
Planning some fun this summer? Bring along sunscreen, bug spray, water and some common sense, and you'll have everything you need to help stay safe.
Beat the heat. Warm-weather activities can bring on heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of water and switch to sports drinks if you''ll be exercising in the heat for a long stretch. Limit your outdoor activities when heat alerts are forecast.
Ray, ray, go away. Use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and limit your exposure to the sun to reduce your risk of sunburn today and skin cancer in the future.
Bug off. Sprays can keep insect bites at bay. While many people are concerned about West Nile virus, few people develop symptoms. It's not necessary to visit the emergency room if a mosquito bites you, unless you develop a high fever, a change in behavior or altered mental status.
Put it on ice. When picnicking, bring ice packs to keep cold food cold. Throw leftovers away unless you're certain they've been kept chilled. Make sure grilled meat is cooked thoroughly.
Lock and latch. Make sure your pool is secure, well before you think your child can open a door.
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