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White T-Shirt SPF

White T-Shirt SPF

Question

A white cotton t-shirt is adequate coverage to protect against the sun if I'm sitting on the beach: Fact or Myth?

Answer

Rachel Woods, RN, Nurse for the Surgical Dermatology Program at Penn Medicine responds:

MYTH!! A white cotton t-shirt only has an SPF of 5. Don't be fooled. Seek shade under the umbrella and wear your sunscreen.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Sun Safety Webchat transcript.