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Is Tanning Always Dangerous?

By    |   Friday, 16 May 2014 10:05 AM

Question: I love the beach and spend a lot of time in the sun. I wear sunscreen, but still find my skin tans pretty easily. Do I need to worry, if I'm wearing sunblock? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes you do. Sun is good for you, in moderation. Suncreens will not eliminate skin cancer risks in those who indulge in sun exposure. Even though you report that you tan well, excessive exposure to sun does increase your risk of sun-induced skin cancer, especially melanoma.
Melanoma can develop in tanned skin, and must be monitored for in all who sunbathe, especially when you spend a lot of time in the sun. Sunscreens help reduce your sun burn risk, and some screens are better than others at protecting from the differing ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays that are associated with skin cancer.
In addition to sunscreen, wear polarized eye wear and protect yourself from excessive exposure by using a hat, umbrella, and appropriate scalp and body coverings.

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