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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

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The weather has warmed up and for many that means more fun in the sun, but while you're out living it up don't forget to keep skin safety in mind and to bring your sunscreen. Dermatologists say one in five Americans suffer from some form of skin cancer. Cases of melanoma are on the rise and younger people are coming in for treatment. Doctors recommend everyone try to avoid the sun between the hours of 10 in the morning and two in the afternoon.When you apply sunscreen do it every hour to an hour and a half and if you see any changes with your skin call a physician right away.

"We look for any change. The most important thing is any kind of a change in any lesion. A new lesion that comes on that we didn't have before or one that looks like a different color or maybe it becomes symptomatic or starts itching," says Dermatologist Dr. Sarah Dietrich.

Sun protection is not only about using sunscreen.  Experts advise wearing a hat and protective clothing. Also don't forget to toss out old sunscreen.  Experts say it starts to lose its effectiveness after three years.

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips


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