Sun Safety and UV Exposure Quiz

Test yourself on how well you understand the dangers of ultraviolet radiation and how you can protect yourself from prolonged exposure to the sun.

 

The UV Index

The UV Index

UV Quiz

Question 1
If the UV index number is 5 to 6, how long can you stay under the sun without protective clothing/sunscreen?
A
10 minutes
Hint:
See the Skin Damage Time Range Chart
B
20 minutes
Hint:
See the Skin Damage Time Range Chart
C
30 minutes
D
40 minutes
Hint:
See the Skin Damage Time Range Chart
Question 1 Explanation: 
When the UV Index is in a Moderate (5-6) range, most people can tolerate a maximum of 30 minutes of exposure to the sun without skin damage.
Question 2
What are the types of UV rays, and how many are there?
A
1 type, UVA
Hint:
More!
B
2 types, UVA and UVB
Hint:
These normally reach the skin. Could there be another type?
C
3 types, UVA, UVB and UVC
D
4 types, UVA, UVB, UVC, and UVD
Hint:
One of these is not a type of UV radiation.
Question 2 Explanation: 
There are three types of UV radiation, UVA, UVB and UVC.
Question 3
In Spring, UV rays are normally at their strongest.
A
True
B
False
Question 3 Explanation: 
UV is strongest during the summer months in the US. Although this is true, UV can cause skin damage at any time of the year.
Question 4
What is the most common form of cancer found?
A
Breast cancer
Hint:
Try again.
B
Lung cancer
Hint:
Try again.
C
Skin cancer
D
Prostate cancer
Hint:
Try again.
Question 4 Explanation: 
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. (American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/webcontent/acspc-042151.pdf. Accessed July 2, 2014.)
Question 5
Melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) is the most common cancer found in women ages between 25-29.
A
True
B
False
Question 5 Explanation: 
Melanoma is most prevalent in this age group according to American Cancer Society statistics.
Question 6
When you want to suntan, it is not necessary to use sunscreen lotion.
A
True
B
False
Question 6 Explanation: 
Unprotected skin , even when attempting to get a suntan, can lead to serious skin damage.
Question 7
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is the only thing I need to know to select a good suntan lotion.
A
True
B
False
Question 7 Explanation: 
SPF is related only to UVB exposure. Make sure to select a sunscreen that also provides protection against UVA exposure.
Question 8
On a cloudy day, it is not necessary to put on sunscreen lotion.
A
True
B
False
Question 8 Explanation: 
Clouds do not block UVA rays.
Question 9
Even in people with dark skin, mild sunburns can directly suppress immune functions.
A
True
B
False
Question 9 Explanation: 
UV exposure leads to an altered balance of the immune response through cells and antibodies and may reduce the body's ability to defend itself against certain diseases.
Question 10
If you are looking for very high sun protective clothing - for outdoor work, bushwalking or for sport - choose light colors, as they are better at absorbing UV than black colors.
A
True
B
False
Question 10 Explanation: 
Dark colors are better at absorbing UV than light colors.
There are 10 questions to complete.
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