This is a real risk, and you should take it seriously, but there's also no need to panic. With a little sensible thinking (and a couple bottles of sunscreen) you can minimize your risk of developing skin cancer.
Follow these 7 tips to help protect your skin from the sun's UV rays and enjoy spending time outside this summer!
1. Head inside at midday
You body soaks up UV rays all day and year-round, but the sun's rays are strongest - and the most damaging to your skin - between 10am and 4pm. Try to plan your day so you'll be inside during those hours.
2. Check your skin regularly
Dermatologists say you should give yourself a thorough look-over once a month, from head to toe. You're looking for any growths, bumps, moles, or freckles that are different from the last time you checked.
3. Check your prescriptions
You might not know this, but some prescription medicines can make your skin very sensitive to the sun. Talk to your doctor if you find you're tanning or burning more easily after taking a new medicine.