Americans do not do enough to protect their skin from sun damage and prevent skin cancer. Because we are stronger together, Environmental Working Group, forward-thinking companies and concerned citizens are teaming up to make a difference.
Sunscreen is important but it shouldn't be your only protection from the sun.
Check your skin regularly for new moles that are tender or growing. Ask your primary care doctor how often you should see a dermatologist.
The best defenses against getting too much harmful UV radiation are protective clothing, shade and timing. Our checklist:
Message for men: Wear sunscreen. Twice as many American men died from melanoma as women. Surveys show that 48 percent of men practice sun avoidance, compared to 68 percent of women. Reduce your cumulative lifetime exposure to damaging UV radiation.
Got your vitamin D? Many people don't get enough vitamin D, a hormone manufactured by the skin in the presence of sunlight. Your doctor can test your level and recommend supplements if you are low in this vital nutrient.
Want to see how your favorite sunscreen rates in EWG’s Sunscreen Database? The EWG Sunscreen Database update is coming in late May.