Preventing skin cancer and accelerated aging from ultraviolet (UV) exposure requires sun safety.   

Use Sunscreen: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands.  

1. Seek Shade: Limit your exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak hours when UV radiation is strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or awnings, especially if you're spending time outdoors for extended periods.

1. Wear Protective Clothing: Cover up with lightweight, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms, legs, and torso. Opt for clothing with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating for added sun protection. Wide-brimmed hats can also provide shade for your face, neck, and ears.

It's essential to discuss with your healthcare provider how often you should schedule check-ups and screenings based on your individual needs and risk factors. 

1. Avoid Tanning Beds: Avoid using tanning beds, as they emit harmful UV radiation that can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate skin aging. Opt for safer alternatives to achieve a tan, such as sunless tanning products or bronzers.

Check the UV Index: Check the UV index for your area before heading outdoors. The UV index provides information about the strength of UV radiation and helps you gauge the level of sun protection needed. 

1. Protect Children: Take extra precautions to protect children from the sun's harmful rays, as their skin is more sensitive to UV radiation. Dress them in protective clothing, apply sunscreen regularly, and ensure they seek shade during peak sun hours.

1. Perform Skin Self-Exams: Regularly examine your skin for any changes in moles, freckles, or other skin lesions. Look for signs of skin cancer, including changes in size, shape, color, or texture, and consult a dermatologist if you notice any suspicious changes.

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