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One of the main reasons many of us choose to live in Florida is because of the weather. However, skin cancer, the most prevalent form of cancer, may be caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Each year, more than 5 million skin cancers are detected in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. This is more than the total number of cancer patients in the world.

Fortunately, there are many ways in which we can protect ourselves and minimize the risk.

said Dr. Mercedes Florez-White, a dermatologist at FIU Health and associate professor of dermatology at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

The problem is many people don’t protect themselves.

A new survey, carried out by the American Academy of Dermatology – AAD, revealed that a third of Americans lack fundamental knowledge of skin cancer and sun protection.

Something as simple as seeking shade whenever possible can go a long way toward preventing skin cancer

said Florez-White.

However, according to the AAD study, more than half of people (53 percent) are unaware that shade may shield them from the sun’s damaging UV radiation.

According to the AAD report:

Gen Z (those born after 1996) appeared to have the biggest misunderstanding of the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer, followed closely by Millennials (those born between 1981-1996).

Here are four ways to cut down on your sun exposure and skin cancer risk.

  • Seek shade—especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Use sunscreen—apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 for daily use. An SPF of 50 or higher is best for outdoor activities, direct sun exposure, or if you have fair skin. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use mineral sunscreens, also called physical or organic, for children, sensitive skin, or if you are prone to developing dark spots (hyperpigmentation).
  • Wear proper clothing—long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Yes, your eyes also need protection!
  • Wear sunglasses—Yes, your eyes also need protection! Get sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Skin cancer may affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. So shield yourself and your loved ones from the sun.

And if you want to know your sun safety IQ? Take this quick quiz from the American Cancer Society.

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