MD, MPH, talks about skin cancer and the things you can do to minimize your risk of developing skin cancer.
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Mona Khanna: The best ways to prevent getting skin cancer in the first place is first of all, stay out of the sun from 10 am in the morning to 4 pm in the afternoon, that's when the sun's rays are at their strongest and if you stay out of the sun during that time, no matter what your risk level is, you're doing yourself a great service. The second is wear as much sunscreen and sunblock as possible, the highest level, but no lower than a Sun Protection Factor or SPF of 15. The next step is make sure you were clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, long sleeves if you could tolerate it, even if it's very light clothing, wear a hat to cover your head, your nose, your ears and your neck, wear sun glasses to protect your eyes. And the last step is there is something called sun guard, this is an additive that you can add to your wash when you are doing the laundry and its chemical will penetrate the fibers of your clothing and according to the company, it's good for 20 washes, it adds actually that level of sunscreen and sun protection to your clothes that you may otherwise not have it.