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this summer,

safe sun

Even a few severe sunburns increase your chances of getting skin cancer.

Practice safe sun this summer by incorporating the tips below into your daily routine.

UV and you

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or rays, are invisible waves of energy given off by the sun and tanning lamps/beds. Exposure to UV radiation causes damage to skin cells, which can lead to cancer. Each sunburn has an effect on skin cancer risk, even if the sunburn is mild.

The UV index (UVI) indicates the level of UV radiation and the potential danger of sun exposure. Find out what the UV level for the day is in your area by using the Weather app or by visiting The Weather Network. And use the table below to learn what that number means and the actions you can take to protect yourself.

UV Index and Sun Protection Actions
UV Index and Sun Protection Actions

Important tips

Wide brim hat

Protective clothing can include a hat (wide-brim hat is best) and long-sleeve clothing. Take advantage of shade to protect yourself from the sun.

Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection

Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are best.

Minimum SPF 30 sunscreen

Sunscreen should be broad spectrum and a minimum of SPF 30. Remember to re-apply throughout the day and use waterproof sunscreen if planning to swim.


Many people's skin cancer started with childhood sunburns. Sun safety for kids is especially important!

Learn more

To learn more about sun safety: