Guide to Protect Yourself After Skin Cancer

If you’ve had skin cancer in the past, you don’t need to keep yourself locked away indoors while everyone is outside. This article will teach you how to be extra careful and still enjoy outdoor activities.

Tips for Outdoor Safety

If you are going outside, here are some tips you can follow:

Avoid the sun when it is strongest

The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you plan to go out during the day, you should go out earlier or in the late afternoon.

Go undercover

When you go outside, covering up with the right clothes is essential. When you are choosing clothing, consider these:

● If the fabric is see-through, ultraviolet rays can also get through. Always go with clothes that have a tighter weave. Normal clothing has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 6. You should get clothing with an SPF of 50 to completely protect your skin.

● Choose shirts and pants made in UV-absorbing fabric. This is essential if you burn easily.

● Complete your outfit with a hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

Apply sunscreen early and often

If you work in the garden or go to the beach, you need sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should also find one that is water-resistant for 80 minutes. To guard against cancer-causing UVA rays, look for ingredients like:

● Ecamsule

● Zinc oxide

● Titanium dioxide

● Avobenzone

If you are using a sunscreen spray, apply it until an even sheen appears on your exposed skin. If you are in the water, apply it each time you get out.

Find a place away from the sun

If you cannot find a shady spot, carry an umbrella whenever you go out. It should be made with fabric that has an SPF of 35.

Never use a tanning bed

According to a 2013 study, 15% of young people with basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of cancer, still use tanning beds. You should avoid them as they raise your risk of getting melanoma by 75%.

Perform skin exams

You must check your skin monthly. If you live with a partner, get them to check it for you, as they may spot melanoma sooner than doctors. That said, you should also stay on track with your dermatologist exams. If you notice any changes to your skin, it is vital to inform your dermatologist.


Despite having skin cancer, you can still enjoy the outdoors. Use these tips to keep your skin protected throughout the day.