(Winston Salem, NC) -- Today is the first full day of summer. So with residents of Forsyth County hitting the beaches and pools many people are racking up hours of sun exposure. For those who do not know how to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays a sunburn this summer can increase the chance of skin cancer later in life.
Starting in June, doctors in the emergency department at Forsyth Medical Center began seeing a marked increase in 2nd Degree Sunburn (blisters). This is significant because a person who has had more than five sun burns at any age doubles their risk of developing melanoma skin cancers.
FMC would like to remind you of some important facts regarding sunburn:
• Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
• North Carolina is in the group of states with the highest rate of skin cancer incidences in the nation:
• Approximately 65%--90% of melanomas (skin cancer) are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
• More than one half of a person's lifetime UV exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence.
Protect yourself by using sunscreen and following the directions on the label.