Most common Skin cancer in the United States, which affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. Yet according to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology; so most cases of skin cancer can be prevent by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

The best way to do this, they say, is by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. However, in a recent survey, the AAD find that not everyone is applying their sunscreen; so correctly leaving people vulnerable to dangerous ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Sunscreen on cloudy days

Using too little Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. However, to fully cover their body, most adults; so need about one ounce of sunscreen or enough to fill a shot glass. Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin that isn’t covered by clothing. Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors; so reapply every two hours while outdoors or after swimming or sweating.

Applying only in sunny weather Alarmingly; so the AAD find that only about 20% of Americans use sunscreen on cloudy days. However, the sun emits harmful UV rays all year long. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate your skin. To protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer; so apply sunscreen every time you are outside, even on cloudy days.

Using an old bottle-The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years. Throw out your sunscreen if it’s expired or you’re unsure how long you’ve had it. In the future, if you buy a sunscreen that lacks an expiration date, write the purchase date directly on the bottle so that you know when to toss it out.

Sunscreen is the most important skin care product you can use, as it helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin aging, including wrinkles and age spots. However, to ensure the best protection for you and your family, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions before using.

These tips are demonstrated in “How to Avoid Common Sunscreen Mistakes,” a video post to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series; which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. It’s estimate that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnose with skin cancer every day; also nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.

To help change this behavior and reduce the risk of skin cancer; so the AAD’s 2019 SPOT Skin Cancer campaign is asking Americans and encouraging the public to “practice safe sun”; no matter your age, gender or race. To learn more about skin cancer prevention and detection and to find a free skin cancer screening near you.

Additionally, the public can help raise awareness of skin cancer by using the hashtag #Practice Safe Sun when sharing AAD resources, photos of how they “use protection” outdoors, or encouraging friends and family to take advantage of the AAD’s free skin cancer screenings. Individuals who have been affect by skin cancer can also share their personal stories to provide support and inspiration for others fighting skin cancer and communicate the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection.