Prevention / The Sun’s UV Rays
Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun’s rays, which are called ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays (UVA and UVB rays) damage your skin.
Both types of UV rays can cause cancer. They also can damage the eyes, immune system and can lead to early wrinkles and other skin problems.
Being in the sun often over time, even if you don’t burn, can lead to skin cancer.
Simply experiencing one blistering sunburn can double your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
Some medications can increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays - consult with your doctor.
Remember, the sun can be harmful all year around, not just during the summer. Look up the UV Index in your area by clicking here.
In addition to the sun, other risk factors can also increase your chance of getting melanoma.