Basking in the sun? Prolonged exposure increases chance of skin cancer

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Avoid the sun during its peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and understand that sand, water and snow can reflect 85% of the sun’s rays. Valley News/Courtesy photo
PASADENA – With summer in full swing across Southern California, and many people participating in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, camping and swimming, it’s important for people’s health to take special precautions to protect their skin. It’s a simple fact: spending too much time in the sun and its harmful ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer, a potentially deadly disease. That’s why it’s imperative for everyone to protect their delicate skin on a daily basis. “It’s important to know that regardless which gender or race you belong to, you need to protect your skin from UV radiation to lessen your risk of skin cancer,” Dr. Joy M. Twersky, chief of Dermatology at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, said. “Using sunscreen with a sun pro
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