Just One Blistering Sunburn Means A Double Risk of Developing Skin Cancer
On the heals of the hottest weather of the year in Blair County over the weekend, a dermatologist is issuing a warning to those who plan more time out and about in summer sunshine.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, killing more than 400 people in Pennsylvania each year and more than 8,000 nationwide.
Dermatologist Dr. Mohiba Tareen says it takes very little to increase your odds of developing skin cancer.
The best way to protect yourself, Tareen says, is by regularly applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Tareen recommends getting yourself checked right away if you have any changing or irregular moles - and even without such signs, she says, you should have your skin examined once a year.
More than 2,100 Pennsylvanians will find out this year that they have some form of skin cancer, the CDC says. Doctors say those numbers may be higher since many cases are both diagnosed and treated not in a hospital but in a doctor's office.
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