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Here’s How Local Dermatologists Say You Can Protect Yourself Against Harmful Sun Exposure

VESTAL (WBNG) — With the weather starting to warm up, it’s time for residents to break out the sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun.

With this month being “National Skin Cancer Awareness Month,” local dermatologists are urging residents to be careful about the amount of sun exposure.

According to skincancer.org, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Local dermatologist Jean Sienkiewicz said it’s also most preventable if you follow a few safety tips.

“Cover up, use common sense by staying in the shade if available, and apply sunscreen lotions or creams to your exposed skin, especially if you have pale skin,” Jean Sienkiewicz said.

He said if you have pale skin, it’s important for you to pay attention to how long your skin is exposed to the sun and to make sure it’s protected, and to stay aware of changes to your skin.

He added that one in five people are going to get some kind of skin cancer, and some could be more dangerous than others.

“Skin cancers tend to be really sneaky, they can start out as a little bump or spot that bleeds or scabs over and over where you don’t see much at first, but they tend to go on to grow and become bigger and deeper,” said Jean Sienkiewicz.

He said a little sun exposure is harmless and he encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as long as you stay safe.

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