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The Sun and Your Skin: Fact or Fiction?

by Charlotte Libov

Can skin cancer develop on areas that aren't exposed to the sun? Should you get a base tan before hitting the beach? Find out how much you know about protecting your skin from the sun — and preventing skin cancer.

Skin cancer only occurs on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun.
1 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

A suntan is a sign of good health.
2 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

When you are out in the sun for an extended period, you should reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
3 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

African Americans and other people with dark skin pigmentation don’t have to worry about using sunscreen.
4 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

Going to a tanning center is a safe way to get a tan.
5 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

Getting a "base" tan before you go on a beach or other sun-heavy vacation is a great way to protect your skin from sun damage.
6 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

You should buy the most expensive sunscreen you can afford.
7 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

If you use a sunscreen with the highest SPF number you can find, you can stay in the sun without worry.
8 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

Children have natural antibodies in their skin that protect them from skin cancer.
9 of 9 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False