Saving Your Skin From Sun Damage

Thursday, June 23, 2011

From sunburn to wrinkles to skin cancer, too much sun exposure can take a toll on your skin. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some ways to protect your skin from sun damage in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The suns rays, which are called ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, damage your skin. This leads to early wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems.

Being in the sun often can lead to skin cancer over time, even if you dont get sunburned. A suntan is the bodys way to protect itself from the suns harmful rays.

You have a higher risk of getting skin cancer if you:

Have fair skin and red or blond hair

Sunburn easily

Have many moles, freckles or birthmarks

Work or play outside

Have family members with skin cancer

Tan in the sun or with a sunlamp or have tanned that way in the past

If you cant stay out of the sun or wear the right kind of clothing, you should use sunscreen to protect your skin.

Check your skin every month for signs of skin cancer and if you see an area on your skin that looks unusual, ask your doctor about it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.