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The sun continues to shine in beautiful California! The heat continues to rise, also. The summer months are surely scorching and the sun is at its strongest.

While it is important to protect your skin all year long, it is especially important during the hot summer months. Californians are no strangers to the sunshine, but that does not mean that they do not need a refresher course on sun safety and skin cancer prevention. After all, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the nation.

Here are just a few ways to prevent skin cancer this summer:

•    Wear the right articles of clothing and accessories! This means wearing a t-shirt to cover up your skin; a wide-brim hat to protect your face, ears, and neck; sunglasses to protect your eyes and surrounding skin.

•    Generously apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before stepping into the sun and reapply at least once every 2-3 hours (especially if you are swimming and toweling off.) SPF should be at least 30.

•    Seek shade as often as possible, especially between 10AM-4PM. During this time frame, the sun’s rays are at their strongest!

•    Never turn to tanning beds or sun lamps. Many people believe that these are safer than the sun but this is not true. It is just as dangerous—if not more dangerous!

Follow the above safety precautions and you may be able to enjoy a scare-free summer!

If you begin to notice skin cancer symptoms, do not hesitate to call your doctor or a professional skin doctor. Symptoms may include changes in spots/moles, new spots/moles, itchiness, sore areas, and more.

Posted 5:50 AM

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