Health officials warn public to protect skin from high UV levels

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Medical professionals across the East are warning the public to be mindful of high UV index levels.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US. Forms of cancer, like melanoma, come in a wide range of shapes and sizes – some people do not even know they have it.

Ultraviolet rays are to blame for these diagnoses. This form of light comes naturally from the sun or artificially from tanning beds.

Health experts say high UV levels are more common in the spring and summer months. They encourage everyone to take proper precautions and keep a close watch on your skin.

“Anything that pops up and it changes over time if it grows if it changes in color always brings that up to your physician because those are always suspicious for skin cancers,” said Dr. Daniel Becerra, Greenville Family Doctors.

Check the UV index levels before you spend any time outside. Always make sure you have your sunglasses handy and continue to apply sunscreen every two hours.

Also if you are outside near a pool or beach know UV light can reflect off the water and can increase UV skin exposure.

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