I am wearing sunscreen, so I am completely protected from the sun.

No amount of sunscreen offers complete protection from the sun. Also, people often use sunscreen incorrectly, such as not applying it ahead of time before being in the sun or not re-applying throughout the day. Read "Sun safety: quick tips" and "Sun FAQs" for more information on the proper use of sunscreen for the most effective protection.

I have not paid any attention to sun safety in the past. It is too late to start now.

This is not true. Proper sun safety can actually reverse past sun damage.

I have dark skin. It's impossible for me to get skin cancer.

Although skin cancer is more common in fair-skinned people who have the tendency to burn easily, dark-skinned people who do not protect their skin from the sun are susceptible to developing skin cancer.

It is cloudy out, I do not need sun protection.

Believe it or not, it is just as important on cloudy days to have protection from the sun. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays can penetrate through clouds, haze, and fog (up to 80%). Although we do not see the rays and the sun does not feel as hot, this does not mean that it is safe to be outdoors without sun protection.

Suzette Alvarez 
in association with the MediResource Clinical Team