Dermatologist: Why sunscreen alone is inadequate protection

09/17/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Sunscreen protects the wearer against some but not all harmful ultraviolet rays and is only one weapon in the sun-protection arsenal, dermatologist Mary Martini says. Sun-protective clothing, avoiding sun exposure from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and staying out of tanning beds also help lower the risk for skin cancer. Early detection of skin cancer is critical to favorable outcomes, and patients with a changing or new mole or a persistent, bleeding growth should see a dermatologist, and anyone with more than 50 moles should seek regular dermatologic care, Martini says.

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