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Sun Safety tips to prevent skin cancer

As Americans enjoy these hot summer days outdoors, local physicians are warning that just like the hot temps, skin cancer is on the rise. July is UV Safety Month and physicians at American Family Care and AFC/Doctors Express urgent care centers are raising awareness about the importance of getting skin checks.

Dr. Dan Rains, Urgent Care physician with Doctors Express Indy, chatted with Amber this morning about the importance of protecting yourself in the sun!

Here are some sun safety tips from AFC and AFC/Doctors Express physicians:

• Know when to seek shade or lather up – UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade or apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. For lasting protection, be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days.

• Choose sunscreen wisely – be sure the sunscreen is labeled “broad spectrum,” which provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. And use a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF.

• Use extra caution at higher altitudes – UV exposure can be stronger at higher altitudes because there is less atmosphere to absorb the UV radiation.

• Avoid the burn – sunburns significantly increase the lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.

• Wear proper clothing – long sleeved shirts, pants, hats and UV resistant sunglasses all provide sun protection, even on a cloudy day when UV rays can still be strong.

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