Even early-season sun causes burns, contributes to melanoma risk

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It's Melanoma Monday.

And although we haven't seen much sun lately, it's coming.

Sun protection is a must, even in the early part of the outdoor season.

"Going out for the first time on a sunny day means your skin is totally unprotected, so you do need a sunscreen, preferably at least a 30 SPF," says Dr. Amy Kassouf, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

Your risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is based on your lifetime exposure to the sun.

So, if you've been burned before, it's even more important to prevent future burns.

And remember to check yourself often for any changes in moles.
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