Though skin cancers are prevalent, the upside is that they're often preventable. Most skin cancers are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays of light, and thus, minimizing that exposure is an excellent prevention method.
Tips to help cut down on UV light exposure
When possible, shield your skin from sun exposure by donning a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and lightweight pants. When engaging in activities on the water, consider wearing a protective rashguard. Finally, don't forget to protect your eyes with UV-protected sunglasses.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen and lip balm to safeguard skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and apply liberally to exposed skin at least 15 minutes before venturing out into the sunlight. Re-apply regularly – especially when swimming and/or perspiring.
Get out of the sun.
The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If possible, avoid the sun altogether during these times and/or be sure to take regular breaks under a protective shade tree or umbrella.
Avoid tanning beds.
There's no such thing as "safe tanning." Steer clear of tanning beds – you can always get your glow from self-tanning lotions or a spray tan.