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Skin cancers can develop in or out of direct sunlight

Melanoma can be cured if found early, but doctors agree limiting sun exposure is your best course of action. (Source: WAFF) Melanoma can be cured if found early, but doctors agree limiting sun exposure is your best course of action. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Along with warm weather comes the urge to be outside, but a very common skin cancer does not discriminate. 

We just can't beat the warm feel of the sun on our skin, but it comes with risks - which is why we have days like Melanoma Monday to raise awareness.

"It has been found over that people are more likely to develop melanoma if they have repeated ultraviolet exposure to the sunlight," Dr. Lawrence Robey said. 

But how do you protect yourself from melanoma on days at the pool or working in the yard?

Stay in the shade, wear a hat that casts a shade on your face, wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, and any exposed skin should be covered with a sun blocking agent of at least SPF 15. 

"Skin cancers don't occur overnight; skin damage that happens today may cause skin cancer to occur 20 or 30 years from now," said Dr. Robey. 

And just because you're not seeing the sun on you doesn't mean you're protected. 

"The sun can ricochet in. Even if you're in the shade, sun can reflect off of sand, concrete, white surfaces, so they can still hit you with indirect rays," explained Dr. Robey. 

In addition to trying to avoid solar exposure, Dr. Robey says to check your skin for changes in color and texture as you age. 

Any new growths on your skin would definitely need to be checked by your doctor. 

Melanoma can be cured if found early. 

Additional information on Melanoma can be found here.

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