Try This Sun Safety Quiz To Test
Your Knowledge Of Sun Exposure
Before heading outside this summer,
try taking this sun safety quiz to test your
knowledge of sun exposure. The true-or-false
quiz was created by Dr. Jack Lesher, chief of
dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia
Health System in Augusta.
1. It's OK to tan if you're wearing sunscreen.
False. Tanning indicates sun-related
changes in your skin, so no tan is healthy or
safe. You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen
that blocks both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet
B rays and has an SPF of at least 15 (30 or
higher for people with a history of skin cancer).
Apply sunscreen about an hour before you go
out in the sun and reapply every two hours --
more often if you're swimming.
2. You should wear sunscreen every day.
True. You should routinely use sunscreen
if you're going to be exposed to the sun for
more than 10 to 15 minutes. This includes driving,
walking outside, or sitting in your office in
front of a window. Moisturizer/sunscreen combinations
or spritzable sunscreens can make daily applications
a bit more convenient. Use sunscreen in the
winter or on cloudy days, too, because UVA and
UVA rays are still present.
3. If you have darker skin, you have natural
sun protection and don't need to be worried
about skin cancer.
False. Darker skin still tans, burns
and is susceptible to skin cancer.
4. You need sun exposure to get adequate
amounts of vitamin D.
False. It only takes five to 15 minutes
of sun exposure two to three times a week on
your face and hands for your body to produce
sufficient amounts of vitamin D. Multivitamins,
milk and some other foods are excellent sources
of vitamin D.
5. You should practice safe sun habits,
even if you use sunscreen.
True. Combine sunscreen with other protection
such as hats or umbrellas. The sun's rays are
strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try
to stay out of the sun at that time of day.
6. It's safe to use a tanning bed.
False. Tanning beds use ultraviolet
light, similar to the UVA and UVB rays emitted
by the sun. The effects of UV exposure are actually
intensified in a tanning bed. An hour in a tanning
bed is equivalent to spending several hours
in the sun.
7. Too much sun exposure causes premature
aging of the skin.
True. You can see this by comparing
the skin on your face and hands with skin on
parts of your body that aren't regularly exposed
to the sun.