Health Watch - Starting Summer: Safeguard Your Skin

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about kicking off the summer season. When you’re spending time outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from the sun.

Cases of skin cancer are on the rise, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a key risk factor. That’s why Dr. Rohit Sharma, a skin cancer specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s so important to protect yourself. Before you go outside, apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to all exposed areas and reapply every two hours or after sweating or being in the water.

You need sunscreen even on cloudy days. Wear protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses, and be careful about sun exposure during peak hours, between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Don’t use tanning beds to try to get a tan. The ultraviolet radiation will damage your skin. Instead, use sunless tanning products if you want to add color to your skin.

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May 2010


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