Just Because Summer Is Ending Doens't Mean To Stop Using Sunscreen

By: Heather Haley
By: Heather Haley

The first official day of fall is Saturday, but doctors say just because the summer sun will be gone does not mean you should stop using sun block.

It may already be cooling down outside but the sun can still cause damage to your skin and possibly lead to skin cancer.

Lorene Sturgill never used to wear sun-block and would often have spots frozen off of her hands from sun damage, but in one visit her hands were no longer the concern.

"He was sitting to the side of me and he was checking the place on my hand and he had noticed a place on my arm," Lorene Sturgill said.

Dr. Tim Lavender is her Dermatologist and he suggested they perform a biopsy.

"Places that stay on their skin for a month or longer probably aren't going to go away, so they would need to have those checked," Dr. Tim Lavender said.

Dr. Lavender says moles that change over time, itch or burn should be checked by a doctor.

He says the most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which can take on different appearances such as open-sore, a shiny bump, or a scar like spot.

Another common type is squamous cell carcinoma which can be a crusty spot that may bleed.

He says the most deadly is malignant melanoma which is often a small brown-black or larger multicolored patch.

Lorene says she now wears a moisturizer with sun-block every day.

Dr. Lavender says skin that is more often exposed to the sun runs a higher risk of getting skin cancer, such as your face, neck, and hands.

He says we should all wear sun-block no matter what time of the year it is.


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