Sun Safety: How to Protect Your Skin This Summer

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Duke Assistant Professor of Dermatology Meenal Kheterpal explains why sun protection is about more than sunscreen

Meenal Kheterpal, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology Meenal Kheterpal, MD

As summer approaches, we’re spending more time outside. And with that comes more exposure to the sun.

If not properly managed, too much sun can have damaging health effects. According to the American Cancer Society, cancers of the skin are the most common of all types of cancer with an estimated 5.4 million skin cancers diagnosed each year in the United States. Most cancers of the skin are caused by repeated and unprotected skin exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight or sources such as tanning beds.

With summer vacation season gearing up with Memorial Day weekend, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention hopes to raise awareness for the importance of protecting skin from the sun with Don't Fry Day, which is Friday, May 28.

How can you enjoy time outdoors while keeping your skin safe from the sun’s harmful effects?

Working@Duke talked with Duke Assistant Professor of Dermatology Meenal Kheterpal, who directs Duke Dermatology’s skin cancer research programs and sees patients at Duke South and Duke Lightner Dermatology at Wakefield, about sun risks and how to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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