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  • Always apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas of the skin at least 15 minutes before stepping foot outside, and be sure to do this all year round! Lastly, reapply every two hours.
  • For those hard-to-reach areas, including the back, grab a close friend or family member and ask them to apply it for you. Better yet, a lot of sunscreens come in the form of a spray so you can avoid those awkward backrubs.
  • If you can, avoid being outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why? That’s when the UV rays are the strongest.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Examine your skin thoroughly every month.
  • Wear protective clothing, including UV-blocking sunglasses and sun hats.
  • Planning on being outside all day? Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a SPF of 30 or higher.

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Men & Melanoma: What To Know Before Going Shirtless This Summer  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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