Even at older ages, sun protection can help prevent sunburn and lower skin cancer risk. 

Less than half of older adults protect their skin from the sun when outside for an hour or more on a warm, sunny day. This may raise their risk of getting skin cancer.

Each year in the United States, more than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer at a cost of about $8.1 billion. Most cases of skin cancer are found in people older than 65 years of age, but little attention has been given to ways to reduce skin cancer risk among people in this age group. Because older adults are living longer, the need for public health efforts to promote life-long skin health is more critical than ever

A major risk factor for most skin cancers is too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Making sun protection everyday habit can help prevent sunburns and lower a person’s chances of getting skin cancer.

In a study, CDC researchers used responses to questions in the 2015 National Health Interview Survey to find out how often older adults in the United States do each the following when outside in the sun.

  1. Stay in the shade.
  2. Use sunscreen.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  4. Wear clothing to the ankles.
  5. Wear a long-sleeved shirt.

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