Skin cancer protection reminders
CREATED May. 9, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The year-round sun in Arizona comes with the increased risk of skin cancer.
Doctors at the University of Arizona Cancer Center recommend mineral-based sunscreens that protect you from UVA and UVB sun rays.
"The thing to remember with sunscreen is that it doesn't last all day long," Dr. Sandra Leyo Dupont said. "You need to put it on before you go out and then reapply it about every 1-2 hours, so that you maximize your protection."
If you're in the pool or if you sweat a lot, Dupont says you should reapply sunscreen even more frequently.
"The bottom line is that you want to get a sunscreen that feels good on your skin and that you'll use everyday," DuPont told Nine On Your Side, "so I often tell patients I don't care which brand you get. I just want you to get a brand that you'll use."
With May being Melanoma Month, Dupont says it is a good time to schedule a screening with a doctor or dermatologist, especially if you have a lot of sun exposure or if your family has a history of skin cancer.