How To Be Sun Smart

woman laying on the beach with sunscreen on her belly(BlackDoctor.org) — Most black people (63%) never use sunscreen, according a study published last year. A lot of black people believe they don’t need to. But the myth of blacks as the sun-immune race needs to be dispelled.

Here are answers to common questions that will hopefully move the non-users in the right direction.

How does the sun do damage? Is it the light?

Sun protection is used to prevent damage that can be caused by the ultraviolet (UV) radiation that accompanies sunlight. There are two types of harmful UV rays. UVA is mostly associated with premature aging and cell damage, but may cause cancer. UVB is mostly associated with DNA damage, sunburn, and most skin cancers.

Do black people really need sun protection?