The Check Your Skincampaign encourages everyone to practice "safe sun". The best way to do this is to avoid the sun!
However, the advisors of the Check Your Skin campaign also understand that most people can not avoid being outside or near a window at some point during the day. If you can not avoid the sun entirely then please avoid the sun between the hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Am I in the Sun?
Am I in the sun when I am driving my car? YES! (If the windows are closed, you are still exposed to UVA sunlight through the windows and windshield, though the UVB is screened by most of the glass used in cars.)
Am I in the sun when I am sitting near a window? YES! (You are exposed to constant UVA sunlight through the window, but not to UVB as it will not go through the glass.)
Am I in the sun when I am in the tanning bed? YES! (Well, not exactly, but you are exposed to some of the same types of damaging ultra-violet light that causes skin cancer.)
Am I in the sun when I am sitting outside on a cloudy day? YES! (You are exposed to UVA and UVB light penetrating the clouds.)
Am I in the sun when I am riding in a golf cart? YES! (You are exposed to both UVA and UVB light.)
Am I in the sun when I am sitting in my house at night with the lights turned off? No.
Am I in the sun when I am coaching my son's baseball team from the dugout? YES! (You are exposed to UVA and UVB light through the front of the dugout.)
Am I in the sun if I just put on sunscreen three hours ago? YES! (In order for sunscreen to be effective you must apply it hourly, and the sunscreen must be at least SPF 15 or greater.)
Before going somewhere ask yourself...AM I IN THE SUN? If the answer isYES! then you need to protect yourself!