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Health Fusion: All skin tones need sun protection

No matter what your skin tone, you need sunscreen. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams hears from a Mayo Clinic dermatologist about why everyone should slather it on.

Sunscreen for all skin tones

ROCHESTER — In the midst of winter, you might not think about wearing sunscreen. But the ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage all types of skin all year round. And that includes darker skin tones.

"We believe that all people should photo protect, no matter what their skin tone," says Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist. "People with darker skin can photo age and they can also get skin cancer. We want everyone to protect their skin from the sun."

Davis says skin cancer detection is often delayed in people with darker skin types for a variety of reasons, including health disparities and access to health care. She wants all people to be aware that everyone is at risk for skin cancer. And she wants everyone to look at their skin regularly for changes.

What are the best ways to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website has helpful tips, including the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Even in winter.


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Opinion by Viv Williams
Viv Williams hosts the NewsMD podcast and column, "Health Fusion." She is an Emmy (and other) award-winning health and medical reporter whose stories have run on TV, digital and newspaper outlets nationwide. Viv is passionate about boosting people's health and happiness by helping them access credible, reliable and research-based health information from top experts. She regularly interviews experts and patients from leading medical institutions, such as Mayo Clinic.
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