Experts Encourage You To Protect Youself While Out In The Sun

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

As many folks start to spend more time in the sun, health experts are reminding you to put that sunscreen on.

Doctors say 90% of skin cancer occurs on areas of the body that have had sun exposure.

As people flock outside to soak up the sun, doctors want you to keep in mind, when the heat is on, sunscreen should be too.

“Especially, during the summer months, especially between the times of 10 and 2 o'clock, there are a lot of UV rays that can damage the skin,” Dr. Key Douthitt said.

With skin cancer being the most common form of all human cancers, it's important to take all necessary steps to stay protected...especially for children.

“If you get a blistering sunburn in children they're twice as likely to develop cancer later on in their lives,” Dr. Douthitt said.

With the pool being a popular place to cool down, don't let the water fool you.

The sunlight reflecting off the surface of the water and surrounding light-colored concrete can make you burn faster.

Just ask, Jessica Cole. It's her first summer working as a lifeguard and on her first week on the job, she got burned.

“I just got blistered. Ever since then I've been making sure to wear sunscreen,” Jessica Cole said.

She also makes the extra effort to hide out under her umbrella when she can.

On a hot day, the best thing to do is follow the "ABC" method.

A: Stay away from the sun those key hours like Dr. Douthitt mentioned.

B: Block it out by wearing sunscreen.

C: Cover up if you can by wearing hats and t-shirts.

Doctors recommend children wear sunscreen with a SPF of 30, and adults at least SPF of 15.

Even if you put on waterproof sunscreen, you still need to re-apply after getting in and out of the water.

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