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May 9, 2013MO

Out in Sun, Learn, Don't Burn

Finally, warmer weather has arrived in the region-but with it comes the danger of over exposure to the sun, and risk of skin cancer.

Chuck Reed, public relations manager for the American cancer Society's Iowa chapter says many people downplay the danger of skin cancer but it kills more that 12 thousand people a year.

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He says people are drawn outside when the weather improves, but cautions them to be smart about their time in the sun.

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Reed says use sunscreen with a sun projection factor of SPF of at least 30 and give yourself a skin check. Any change in mole or skin discoloration might indicate a skin cancer and should be seen right away by a doctor.