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Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

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Just yesterday, the U.S. Surgeon General released a statement saying that skin cancer is a major public concern. We see a lot of skin cancer cases right here in Minot.

A big contributor to that is outdoor sun exposure. Since it's hard to avoid the sun completely, it's important to know how to keep yourself and your family protected.

On a warm day like today, it's can be hard to resist getting out in the sun, especially for families.

Rick Dovali makes sure he puts sunscreen on his daughter Cinzia before she splashes into the water at Oak Park. He says that even in North Dakota, it's important to protect ourselves from the sun.

Ann Welch is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Trinity Dermatology. She says the most common type of skin damage that is found in Minot is basal skin cancers. She attributes this to the occupations that are prevalent in Northern North Dakota such as farming, railroad work and construction.

"It's necessary for everyone to know how to protect their skin from cancerous rays, but with so many brands of sun protectants on the market, it can be confusing, especially with misleading numbers like SPF," says Welch.

Welch explains that SPF stands for sun protective factor. And when we look at that number, we want a minimum of 45. That's the baseline sunscreen for everyone to use. She says to be cautious of very high numbers like 80 or 100.

"You're paying more for a higher number, but you're not getting any additional protection," Welch says.

She explained that there is no way to safely tan in the sun, and any claims by products for safe tanning are false. But you don't have to avoid the sun altogether.

"It's okay to be out there, but don't be out there for two, three or four hours at a time," Welch says.

Just be sure to protect yourself and your family every time you're out enjoying the weather. To properly use sunscreen, you should apply about one ounce to your entire body before you go outside, and reapply every hour. If you're swimming or doing anything that causes you to sweat, you should reapply every 20 to 30 minutes.

 

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