Can I avoid exposure to UV radiation?

UV rays in sunlight

It’s not possible (or healthy) to avoid sunlight completely, but there are ways to help ensure you’re not getting too much sun. If you are going to be outside, simply staying in the shade, especially during midday hours, is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure from sunlight. Protect your skin with clothing and wear a hat to protect your head, face, and neck. Wear sunglasses that block UV to protect your eyes and the skin around them. Use sunscreen to help protect skin that isn’t covered with clothing.

For more information, see Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.

Artificial sources of UV rays

Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless. This is not true. The best thing to do is not use tanning beds (or booths).

People who may be exposed to artificial sources of UV at their job should follow appropriate safety precautions, including using protective clothing and UV shields and filters.

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