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Fit and Well Idaho: Protection from the sun

Published: May. 29, 2021 at 3:49 PM MDT|Updated: May. 29, 2021 at 3:50 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — As the days get longer and we approach summer, it is important to keep skin protected from the sun.

St. Luke’s Community Health Department Program Coordinator Melanie Gonzales says exposure to the sun is strongly associated with skin cancer.

Gonzales also wants to remind individuals skin cancer can come from anywhere on the skin, which includes places one may not think about when applying sunscreen.

She referenced the scalp, palms of hands and the souls of feet as important to pay attention to. Eyelids are also very vulnerable and are better protected with hats or sunglasses.

Gonzales also shared some tips on what skin cancer may look like.

“So, things that people would want to show their doctor are changes in the skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, a mole that changes size, shape or color,” Gonzales said.

Sunscreen isn’t the only option to protect from the sun, she adds. Even though it will get warm, more and more clothing is thin and comes with ultraviolet protection.

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