Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Sun Safety

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Health experts have warned for years that too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer, age spots, and wrinkles. With the rising rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, experts caution against sunbathing without protection against ultraviolet rays. But how much do you really know about protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun? Take our quiz to find out how much you know about sun safety.

1. The best way to protect your skin if you have to be outside on a sunny day is:

a. Wear an SPF 30 sunscreen (or greater) and reapply every two hours
b. Wear a hat
c. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants
d. Wear sunglasses
e. All of the above

2. If I only get a sunburn once or twice a year, I don’t need to worry about skin cancer.


3. The safest way to get a good tan is:

a. Slowly, using an SPF 30 sunscreen and avoiding midday sun
b. Laying out for 30 minutes before applying sunscreen
c. A tanning booth
d. There is no risk-free way to get a tan

4. A good application of sunscreen will last all day.


5. Which provides more protection from the sun?

a. A dark cotton shirt
b. SPF 30 sunscreen
c. A white T-shirt
d. A wet T-shirt

6. At what age can I start putting sunscreen on my child?

a. 1 month
b. 6 months
c. 1 year
d. 5 years

7. When should sunscreen be applied?

a. Right before you go outside
b. After you get your beach towel laid out and find a considerate person to do the honors
c. 30 minutes before you go outside
d. An hour after you’ve been out, depending on your skin type

8. It’s good to avoid the sun entirely.


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