June 21, 2009
STARKVILLE -- Who doesn''t enjoy spending hot summer days splashing in a pool, fishing at the lake, playing volleyball in the sand, or grilling hot dogs on the patio?
While all are warm-weather favorites, they also are easy ways to receive skin damage from the sun''s harmful rays.
"Experts now are advising a minimum of 15 minute exposures to the sun twice a week to absorb enough vitamin D for good health," says Joyce Yates, of the Mississippi State University Longest Health Center. "However, over-exposure may damage skin beyond repair and cause skin cancers, including life threatening melanoma."
To be sun-wise, Yates points to the American Cancer Society''s steps for sun protection: