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Don't wait for summer to protect skin from cancers

Protect Skin from Cancer-Causing Sun Even When It Isn't Sunny

June 15, 2018

If you think it has to be sunny outside for your skin to get sun damaged, think again. Sunburns can indeed occur on cloudy or hazy days.

The sun sends two types of ultraviolet rays (UV-A and UV-B) strong enough to travel almost 93 million miles to earth, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 40% of those rays reach us even on completely cloudy days.

The health concern is that those sunrays can damage our skin in ways that lead to melanoma, a dangerous, sometimes deadly form of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the United States. Affecting women and men equally, it most often develops on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, lips, hands, and shoulders, but can also occur under fingernails or soles of feet.

Everyone needs to protect their skin from harmful UV rays by using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily, because even moderate exposure can cause irreversible skin damage and speed the aging process.

Fortunately, if detected in the early stages, most skin cancers are treatable with positive patient outcomes.

If you live in a sun-splashed region like Texas, you should definitely see a qualified dermatologist on a regular basis to have a skin cancer screening.

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