SAVE YOUR SKIN WHILE HAVING FUN IN THE SUN

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By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Madison MacLean

Having fun in the sun can come with some not-so-fun consequences.

According to skincancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their life.

The most common mistake? Forgetting sunscreen, especially in the warmer summer months, said Shelton State’s Dr. Milady Murphy.

“If people are going to be outside longer than 20 to 30 minutes, they need that sunscreen or sunblock any time of the year, but especially during the hot times of the year when you’re out longer and enjoying the day,” Dr. Murphy said.

Skin cancer can form year-round, regardless of age, skin color or ethnicity, Dr. Murphy said.

Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

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