It takes less than 15 minutes of sun exposure for ultraviolet (UV) radiation to damage the skin. Skin damage caused by UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. Approximately five million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer treatment can be invasive, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers are highly preventable using sun safety measures. Recommended methods of sun safety include: seeking shade when outdoors, wearing hats, sunglasses, and other clothing that covers the skin, and using a broad spectrum sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15.
*This indicator shows the percent of adults who practice one or more sun safety measures.