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www.wmfd.com - It's been said there is nothing new under the sun, but there *is* a lot of new information to consider when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun. }}" />

   
 
 
False Sense Of Security In the Sun Can Burn You

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/18/2013 It's been said there is nothing new under the sun. But there *is* a lot of new information to consider when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun. From new "sunscreen" pills to a wide range of SPF numbers on different products, protecting yourself from too much sun can be confusing. To help sort it all out so you won't get burned this summer, here's Clark Powell. Given her Irish heritage and the fair skin that comes with it, Colleen O'Morrow has to be extra careful in the summer sun. Nearly every time she goes out, the sunscreen goes on, though it can get tedious. "The oil is uncomfortable on your face," says O'Morrow. "Also, if you're going to an outside event, it's kind of inconvenient to have to put it on and keep checking on it." Like man, Colleen satys she'd take shortcuts if she could. But doctors worry that looking for simple solutions in sun protection might put people at risk. For example, there are now pills on the market promising sun protection. But doctors caution that there is no scientific proof that pills alone can protect you. "Currently, the research team states that we don't have that just yet," says Dr. Shannon Trotter of The Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. "So, we tell patients this is not a substitute for common sense for protecting yourself with sunscreen." Dtr. Trotter is a skin cancer expert at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. She says another shorcut patients take is buying sunscreen with a high SPF number, thinking they can use less. "Don't fool yourself that you're getting 50 and above, that you think you can be out longer and not do that reapplication e very two hours," she says. In fact, Trotter says SPF 15 blocks about 93-percent of harmful sun rays and SPF 30 blocks about 97-percent, so buying higher humbers doesn't mean you're getting that much more protection. And when choosing clothing, avoid wearing whites. "Wearing shirts or clothing that are different, darker shades, such as say red or black can actually increase your sun protection," Dr. Trotter says. "They absorb the ultraviolent light." Trotter says the key to enjoying the sun is respectinig it, and not taking shortcuts that can burn you. Studies are underway to develop pills that offer sun protection, but doctors say more research is needed. Antioxidants found in some medicines and supplements have shown promise, but before taking them you should talk to your doctor because they can interact with other medications you might use.
   
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