Health Watch - The Great Outdoors: Sun Exposure

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about heading into the great outdoors now that the weather is warmer. It may feel good to have the sun on your skin, but dermatologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say you should start thinking of that feeling as a danger sign.

Dr. Stan Taylor, a UT Southwestern dermatologist and skin cancer expert says that learning to avoid the sun on your skin can not only help lower your risk for skin cancer, but also help reduce the appearance of aging. To protect yourself, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher whenever you go outdoors and wear a broad-brimmed hat that shields your face. People with fair skin need to be especially careful. Even an hour of sun exposure can damage their skin. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, so try to avoid sun exposure at that time.

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May 2009

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