Health Watch -- Summer Heat: Sun Damage

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about hot summer days and the health risks they bring with them. The sun causes just as much damage to your skin, no matter what the temperature is, but it has more potential for damage in the summer because summer activities mean you're outside more often, usually with more skin exposed to the sun.

Dr. Stan Taylor, a dermatologist and skin cancer expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says you should seek shade or shelter whenever you become aware of sun on your skin. Wear sunblock on exposed surfaces whenever you're outside. Fair skin can be damaged by the sun in less than one hour. Sun exposure can cause sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.

Summer time can be a fun time, so long as you use common sense and take precautions.


July 2006

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