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4 tips to protect your skin from the sun

Dermatologist Christopher Hull shares ways you can protect your skin as skin cancer is one of the most common, preventable and potentially dangerous forms of cancer in the U.S.

Skin cancer is one of the most common and potentially dangerous forms of cancer in the United States. It’s also one of the most preventable if you take steps to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. On this episode of “Health Minute,” dermatologist Dr. Christopher Hull shares four simple ways you can protect your skin while enjoying the warm weather.

Interview Transcript

Announcer: “The Health Minute,” produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: The most common type of cancer is melanoma or also known as skin cancer, but you can reduce your risk with the choices that you make. Dermatologist Dr. Christopher Hull, what are your four tips to protect skin from the sun?

Dr. Hull: The first is to wear a hat when you’re outside. The larger the hat and the wider the brim the better. It needs to go all the way around your head so that it covers up your neck and ears.

The second is to wear sunscreen. I recommend an SPF 30 or higher. Make sure you reapply it and put enough on.

The third is to wear protective clothing. My favorite is swim shirts for kids. Then, you don’t have to put sunscreen on their chest and back because they’re covered up with their clothing.

The fourth but equally important is to seek shade. With these four things, you’ll protect yourself from the sun and you’ll help reduce your risk of skin cancer.

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