HEALTH WITH DR. PAULA: Keeping your skin safe in the sun

HEALTH WITH DR. PAULA: Keeping your skin safe in the sun

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Kids across the Chattahoochee Valley are getting ready to be out of school for the summer and will be looking for some fun in the sun.

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, so Dr. Paula Walker-King stopped by News Leader 9 to give some tips for staying safe in the sun.

People with a family history of skin cancer, fair skin, lots of freckles or moles, chronic exposure to the sun, a personal history of sunburns, or who use tanning bed frequently are at an increased risk of skin cancer.

Dr. Paula also says that ethnic minorities are getting skin cancer at increasing rates based partially on the assumption that having a darker skin pigmentation automatically protects them, but it does not.

Everyone needs to be using sunscreen regularly. Dr. Paula says your sunscreen needs to be broad-spectrum, water-resistant and at least SPF 15, but preferably SPF 30.

When applying sunscreen, you should be using the amount that would fit in a shot glass on the exposed areas and reapply at least every two hours.

Some other helpful tips include wearing protective clothing during the peak hours of the sun’s harmful rays, seek shade, avoid tanning beds and regular check your body to make sure nothing has changed.

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