Prevent skin cancer by using sunscreen

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A rainy start to the day, but the weekend is expected to be filled with abundant sunshine and warmer temperatures.

So 22News is working for you with information you need to know about protecting your skin from dangerous UV rays.

If you plan on being outside, make sure you put on sunscreen, with an SPF 30 or higher. If you go swimming, reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, even if you’re using waterproof sunscreen.

Even one sunburn can increase your risk for skin cancer.

Marie Vitale, MD. of Doctors Express in Springfield told 22News, ”People know of melanoma, which is a skin cancer, which can spread systematically, and it is a killer. And sun exposure has been linked to an increase risk of melanoma.”

Even on cloudy days, doctors recommend using sunscreen. Clouds won’t stop UV radiation from reaching your skin.

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