With South Florida sweltering under a scorching sun, it’s the perfect time to brush up on sun protection.

Even though melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, it can easily be prevented and successfully treated, if caught early. It’s critical to take an active role in protecting your skin from the sun.

Here are five key tips:

1. Wear the right sunscreen

Don’t be fooled by high SPFs. Studies have shown that SPFs above 50 do not offer significantly more UV protection than their lower counterparts, but they could give users a false sense of security, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. A recent Consumer Reports article about sunscreens not living up to their high SPF caused quite a stir.

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