Sunscreen Skin Cancer Prevention

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is committed to providing the best sun protection products in the industry. We are committed to helping prevent skin cancer and educating people about melanoma prevention by promoting safe sun habits for every individual. Using sunscreen alone will not prevent skin cancer nor insure melanoma prevention. However, a regular routine that incorporates many different behaviors will go a long way towards preventing skin cancer. To prevent skin cancer and aid in melanoma prevention, we must begin by educating our children, our children’s care providers, and ourselves.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists suggest people follow these important precautions to prevent skin cancer and focus on melanoma prevention. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers diagnosed today. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, most skin cancers can be cured.


  1. Avoid “peak” sunlight hours – 10am until 4pm, when the sun’s ray are the strongest.
  2. Seek shade whenever possible. Remember this, if your shadow is shorter than you are, the damaging rays of the sun are at their strongest and you are much more likely to sunburn.
  3. Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and long-sleeved shirt and pants during prolonged periods of sun exposure.
  4. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, 15 – 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply every 2 hours especially when heavy sweating is involved. Sunscreen lotion should not be used to increase the amount of time spent in the intense sun, or in place of protective clothing, but in conjunction with proper apparel and other safe sun habits.
  5. Use sunscreen on cloudy days. Eighty percent (80%) of the harmful UV can still penetrate the clouds.
  6. Wear UV protective eyewear.
  7. Remember that sunlight is strongly reflected from sand, snow, ice, and concrete and can increase your direct sunlight exposure significantly.

Again, it is very important to remember the relationship between the use of sunscreen and skin cancer prevention--SUNSCREEN ALONE WILL NOT PREVENT SKIN CANCER!


Nearly 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. The AAD states that melanoma is the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing tanning cells and is caused by excessive exposure to UV radiation. Because it is the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma prevention is a main focus of trying to prevent skin cancer.

Every individual runs the risk of developing melanoma. Certain risk factors put different people at higher risk. Preventing skin cancer and melanoma prevention involves educating yourself about these risk factors and practicing safe sun behaviors on a daily basis. These risk factors include:

  • Having already had one melanoma.
  • Having many moles, large moles, or atypical (unusual) moles.
  • A blood relative (parents, children, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles) who has had melanoma.
  • Being Caucasian with fair skin increases your risk 4 times than that of a Caucasian with olive skin.
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