Jul 17, 2017 10:00 AM

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Some treatments for cancer, like radiation and certain chemotherapy drugs, can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You can still enjoy summer days and outdoor activities by planning ahead to protect yourself from sunburn:

  1. Avoid direct sunlight. Stay in the shade as much as possible when outdoors, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  2. Wear protective clothing outdoors, including long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, and a wide-brimmed hat. Read more about what clothing is best for protecting the skin.
  3. If you are getting radiation therapy, cover the treated areas of your skin when outdoors. If you aren’t sure where these areas are, ask your radiation therapy team.
  4. Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every two hours when outdoors. Remember to put it on the back of your neck, the tops of your feet and ears, and the top of your head if you have no hair.
  5. Use SPF 15 or higher lip balm.
  6. Do not use a tanning bed.

Download information about skin care during radiation and chemotherapy.

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