All skincancers are caused by overexposure to the sun or artificial light sources (tanning beds). Each time you go outside without sun safety protocol, you risk your chances of getting burnt, and ultimately, getting skin cancer. Don’t let that fog, mist, or cloud fool you, 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate through all, so be prepared and “play it safe” in the sun!

There are 3 types of UV radiation, UVA, UVB & UVC. While UVC is the most damaging ray, it is completely filtered by the atmosphere and does not reach the Earth’s surface. The rays you need to worry about are UVA & UVB. Both UVA and UVB penetrate the basal layer of the epidermis–where most skin cancers occur–and play an important role in conditions like premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), basal cell carcinoma and even  melanoma. UV radiation is invisible to the naked eye, which makes being aware of its presence easy to forget.

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