Health professionals urge everyone to wear sunscreen this summer - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Health professionals urge everyone to wear sunscreen this summer

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The summer months bring lots of fun, but you should remember to be cautious when you're out in the sun.

Health professionals are urging everyone to take a closer look at how to keep your skin safe against the sun.

According to nurses at Providence Health Center, between 2-5 p.m., the sun rays are at their most damaging.

They said the cost of a bottle of sunscreen is a minor expense compared to the pain and inconvenience of getting sunburned or developing skin cancer.

"I've experienced a pretty bad sunburn almost second degree sometimes and it sneaks up on you," Waco resident George Stonikinis said. "You don't realize its happening to you. Especially, if you're out exercising or swimming you don't feel the heat until it's too late."

Doctors suggest using a sunscreen labeled with an SPF of at least 15. Even children as early as six-months-old should be wearing sunscreen.

They said to be fully protected, the sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 80 minutes. 

"1 of 5 people in America will have some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, and using sunscreen is one of the best ways to help prevent or at least reduce your risk of getting skin cancer," Providence Health Center Nurse Practitioner Tracy Kraner said.

In addition to using sunscreen, she recommends wearing clothing that will help block ultraviolet sun rays, like a wide brim hat. 

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