UV protection and sunscreens: What to tell patients

Paul C. Jou, Ron J. Feldman, Kenneth J. Tomecki

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major environmental risk factor for nonmelanoma skin cancer and is a suspected risk factor for melanoma. Avoiding overexposure to direct sunlight during the peak daylight hours, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen are ways to protect the skin. To provide clinicians with the tools to advise patients and to answer their inquiries, including which sunscreen to use, we review UV radiation's effect on the skin, how sunscreens block UV light, current recommendations on sunscreen use, and new sunscreen labeling requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-436
Number of pages10
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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