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Outdoor plans? Don't forget the sunscreen

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The summer sun is at it's highest angle during the months of June, July and August.

Your skin is more vulnerable to radiation during these times, as damaging ultraviolet rays are at the highest levels of the year.

Dr. Adam Sills says more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, so it's important to protect yourself from the sun.

"I always recommend using a sunscreen of at least 30. The higher the better, but typically once you get to about 50, you're not getting an added benefit from 50 to 100...as if you were between a 15 and a 30."

New legislation will take effect in December.

Words such as "water-proof" and "sweat-proof" will be eliminated to avoid further confusion.

"Now, sunscreens will have to be labeled as 'broad spectrum,' which means they cover UVB and UVA."

Dr. Sills has even addressed confusion about how much and how often sunscreen should be applied.

"Typically, sunscreen should be applied roughly every 2 hours. It depends on your level of activity. You also want to apply 30 minutes before and leave it on and let it absorb into the skin."

Dr. Sills does prefer the old-fashioned lotion over the spray, but he admits that it's a matter of convenience--as long as anyone brave enough to venture outdoors during this heat wave will remember to apply sunscreen.

"I see a lot of people who don't use sunscreen or haven't used sunscreen regularly in the past. I do see a lot of skin cancers, a lot of melanomas."

 
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