Here are some simple steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent overexposure to UV rays:
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours
- Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible
- Put on sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher
- Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps – the UV rays from them are as dangerous as the UV rays from the sun
You can also schedule a skin examination with your health care professional, including your primary care physician (PCP), to catch early signs of cancer before they become a serious threat. If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit https://www.anthem.com/ to find a provider.