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What's Your Sun Safety IQ?

Sun safety is not just for vacation. Are you sun-safe every day? Take the American Cancer Society's 9-question quiz and find out.


I can’t get skin cancer, because my normal routine (such as work, drive to work, hobbies, and vacations) doesn’t include any outdoor activities.

My husband should use sunscreen at football games, even though he only goes (and gets a burn!) once or twice a year.

If I’m wearing sunscreen, I can stay in the sun as long as I want.

A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much UV radiation as one labeled SPF 15.

It’s safe to let my children stay in the pool all day if they put on a t-shirt after a couple hours and reapply sunscreen to their faces, arms, and legs.

How often do you need to reapply water-resistant sunscreen?

Getting a “base tan” at an indoor tanning salon is as good way to prevent sunburn when I go to the beach later this summer.

What are the two most common (and painful!) sunscreen mistakes?

Now put it all together. You applied sunscreen at 12:00 noon for an afternoon of reading beside the pool. At 2:00 p.m., which one of the following actions would best protect your skin?


Visit the American Cancer Society's Sun Safety pages for more information on UV rays and how to be careful in the sun.