In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Kellous Price discusses sun exposure and skin cancer.
"Summer is around the corner. It’s a good time to consider the risks of sun exposure and skin cancer. One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States is skin cancer with nearly one million new cases diagnosed every year. The single most important risk factor for skin cancer is sunlight exposure and more specifically ultra violet light exposure commonly known as UVA and UVB. The most common forms of skin cancer (00:00:29:14) diagnosed are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. They account for very few cancer deaths whereas melanoma is approximately five percent of skin cancers it accounts for seventy five percent of skin cancer deaths. The best way to avoid skin cancer is to avoid prolonged sun exposure. The best way to do this is to cover exposed areas with clothing and use of sun block. Sun block needs to be effective both for UVA and UVB, needs to be applied at least thirty minutes prior to exposure and reapplied often. Sun block with an SPF rating of fifty will block approximately ninety eight percent of ultra violet radiation."
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