Skin cancer is now the leading form of cancer in the United States.
“It is more common than breast cancer, colon, and lungs all together.” Area 10 nursing director for the Houston County Health Department Pat Williams said.
And the amount of people who come down with it, is on the rise.
That's why pediatricians are educating early, and teaching children the dangers of the sun.
“There's nothing good about the sun with prolonged exposure. We tell children’s parents to cover up avoid the most intense times of sun.” Southeastern Pediatric Doctor Ted Williams said.
That time being from ten to four every day.
“If they have to be out during that period of time, then wear long sleeves lightweight clothing, a long brimmed hats and sunscreen.” Williams said.
Thousands have already started heading down to the beaches hoping to catch a tan, but doctors say the risk of too much sun, isn't worth it.
“Tan is healthy; I need a tan to look good. But it is one of the most common misconceptions. Actually the darker the skin is because of damage.” Pat Williams said.
In fact, doctors say he's already seen an increase in children come in with bad sunburns.
“If you have prolonged sun exposure, you can get blisters on your shoulders and back, and that’s a second degree sun burn and that requires specific treatment. “Williams said.
He recommends parents teach children to apply spf 50 every hour if they're playing in the water, and every two hours if they aren't.
And if you think your child may be getting a sunburn, get them into the shade as quickly as possible.
“I think any time you think you have a sunburn, we advice getting cold compresses and giving anti inflammatory medications to reduce the burn.” Williams said.
And if a burn does happen, make sure you drink plenty of water to help your body re-nourish damaged skin.
Dr. Williams says if parents practice
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