Protecting your skin during winter months

BALTIMORE - The cold weather can certainly do a number on your skin. Did you know you still are at risk for developing skin cancer in the winter?

Doctors say it's important to wear sunscreen before going outside even if it's not very sunny outside.  One in five Americans will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

It's important to know what to look for.

"The most common kinds of skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinomas and they start out as little red bumps or little red scaly spots that just don't go away.  If they are there for six weeks or longer and they are in an area that gets a lot of sun, then you need to be concerned about it," said Dr. Rutledge Forney, Dermatologist.

Doctors say it's also a good idea to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes against harmful rays, especially at higher altitudes.

Report by CNN News


 

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