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Are You Sun Savvy? Test Your Knowledge

True or False

You can get a sunburn on a cloudy day.

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Up to 80% of UV rays can pass through light clouds, mist and fog. Clouds do not block UV rays. Check the daily UV index before outdoor activities to know the level of protection that you need.
 Correct!
Up to 80% of UV rays can pass through light clouds, mist and fog. Clouds do not block UV rays. Check the daily UV index before outdoor activities to know the level of protection that you need.

A “base tan” will protect you from getting a sunburn.

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Using indoor tanning equipment to get a “base tan” before going on a winter sun vacation for example, will not protect you from getting a sunburn. A tan is an indication that there is already damage to the skin.
 Correct!
Using indoor tanning equipment to get a “base tan” before going on a winter sun vacation for example, will not protect you from getting a sunburn. A tan is an indication that there is already damage to the skin.

You need to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after getting wet or sweating.

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Use broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen with SPPF 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours or after sweating or getting wet.
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Use broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen with SPPF 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours or after sweating or getting wet.

A single severe sunburn during childhood will not increase my risk of skin cancer.

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One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.
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One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

Shade is one of the best defenses against the sun’s radiation.

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Shade can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Seek shade by using an umbrella, get under a tree or shelter if you need relief from the sun.
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Shade can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Seek shade by using an umbrella, get under a tree or shelter if you need relief from the sun.

Tanned skin is damaged skin.

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The damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) accumulate over time; UVR damages the DNA in the skin and results in the formation, growth of abnormal cells.
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The damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) accumulate over time; UVR damages the DNA in the skin and results in the formation, growth of abnormal cells.

You can get a sunburn all year around.

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The strength of ultraviolet radiation can vary based on the season of the year. In winter, UV rays can increase in strength when reflected off snow while the sun’s rays are strongest between 11:00am-4:00pm, in the spring, summer and fall.
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The strength of ultraviolet radiation can vary based on the season of the year. In winter, UV rays can increase in strength when reflected off snow while the sun’s rays are strongest between 11:00am-4:00pm, in the spring, summer and fall.

White sand and water do not reflect UV.

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Surfaces such as sand, water, aluminum, glass etc. reflect UV radiation. Sand can reflect up to 12% and water can reflect 5% UV radiation.
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Surfaces such as sand, water, aluminum, glass etc. reflects UV radiation. Sand can reflect up to 12% and water can reflect 5% UV radiation.

When the UV index is 3 or above, you need to take sun safety precautions.

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Taking precautions means covering up, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip-balm with 100% UVR protection, looking for shade or creating your own shade when the sun is at its strongest . Remember, the higher the UV index value, the stronger the sun’s rays, and the greater need to take precautions.
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Taking precautions means covering up, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip-balm with 100% UVR protection, looking for shade or creating your own shade when the sun is at its strongest . Remember, the higher the UV index value, the stronger the sun’s rays, and the greater need to take precautions.

Outdoor workers have a lower risk of developing skin cancer.

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Outdoor workers have a higher risk for developing skin cancer because they are regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
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Outdoor workers have a higher risk for developing skin cancer because they are regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time.