Understanding & Using UV Index Scale



UV (Utra Violet) Index Table
UV Level UV Meaning
2 or less Low risk
3, 4, and 5 Moderate risk
6 to 7 High risk from unprotected sun exposure. Therefore sunscreen should be used with a SPK (sun protective factor) of at least 15, and one should wear a wide brim hat and UV protective sunglasses.
8 to 10 Very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.
11 or higher Extreme risk of harm.


Effect of the Sun on Aging Appearance

It is estimated that up to 90 percent of the visible changes said to be due to aging are caused by the sun.

About Skin Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, which is a Health Power Cross-linked Web Partner, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed each year.

It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some time in their lives.

The three main types of skin cancer are:

Basal cell carcinoma – Squamous cell carcinoma – Melanoma

More information on skin cancer can be obtained from the American Cancer Society, a Health Power Cross Linked Web Partner or the National Cancer Institute on our Relevant Resources Table.

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Remember: Knowledge + Action = Power!®

Note: Photo of Sun from National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration