More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the most common form of cancer.
The good news, it's also the most preventable.
July is UV Safety Month and there are some things you can do to keep from being a statistic.
Laura Bennett with Image Sculptors reminds us that sunscreen is one of the most powerful tools against fighting the sun's rays and the higher the SPF, the better.
Even more useful tools are physical screens like long-sleeve shirts, rash guards, and hats.
Just because you see clouds outside blocking the sun, doesn't mean you should let your guard down.
Both UVA and UVB rays, the ones responsible for the largest amount of skin cell damage, can penetrate clouds.
For this reason, it's important to wear sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, and reapply often.
The Skin Cancer Foundation said that it only takes five sunburns to double your chances of getting Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The less deadly but more common form, known as Basal Cell Carcinoma is often marked by reddish, irritate patches of skin.
Be on the lookout for abnormal areas on your skin along with dark patches that change in shape and color.