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Local Health Expert Offers Advice to Avoid Overexposure to Summer Sun

With temperatures forecast to reach into the low-to-mid-80s Saturday through Tuesday, it’ll give north Iowans a taste of summer. Local health experts say it can also serve as a reminder to avoid overexposure to the sun.

Floyd County Medical Center Certified Medical Assistant Heather Lewis says limit the amount of time you spend in the sun and when you can’t, cover up.

Lewis says every time a person gets a sunburn increases that person’s chances to get skin cancer. She advises if you have any concerns about how your skin looks, contact your family physician.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over five million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, making it America’s most common cancer.

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