People need to watch out for too much sun

Nov 29, 2010

People shouldn't spend too much time in the sun

On nice days many people like to take advantage of the weather and head outdoors. The extra time in the sun can be beneficial for vitamin D absorption, but too much sun can carry potential risks.

Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in the U.S. People can greatly reduce their chances of skin cancer by properly protecting themselves from the suns rays. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 65 percent to 90 percent of melanomas are the result of excessive ultraviolet light exposure.

When people go to common destinations that don't offer much shade from the sun, such as the beach, they should take extra precaution.

"The intensity of sun exposure for beach goers is certainly elevated," says The Skin Cancer Foundation president Dr. Perry Robins. "Both water and sand can reflect up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, adding to your overall exposure."

Experts recommend people apply ample amounts of sunscreen before heading out in the sun. People should also wear sunglasses with UV radiation protection and sun protective clothing.

Taking care of one's self from the sun is just one thing people can do to take care of themselves. Those who take action to ensure they are healthy may end up paying less for their life insurance.

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