Valley Stream, New York 2021-06-10 13:46:36 –
(WSPA) – As we head towards the summer season, many of us spend more time outdoors in the sun.
As part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health’s Ask the Expert series, 7News spoke with a nurse practitioner on how to take advantage of warmer climates without increasing the risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States
“The simple cause of this skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun,” said nurse practitioner Gertrude Bassey.
She says sunscreen-like protection is the key to preventing skin cancer.
“Cream, lotion, gel … Apply to protect your skin.”
It is important to apply a sunscreen with a “sun protection factor” or SPF of 15 or higher and be sure to whisk before going out.
If you have a painful sunburn, it is advisable to contact your doctor immediately rather than treating it at home. The redness of a sunburn may be difficult to see on dark skin, but it can still be damaged by the sunburn.
Sunscreen is essential even on cloudy days. Ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds.
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