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Northern Westchester Hospital Chief of Dermatology Offers Advice Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Posted on: May 20, 2013

Reduce Exposure to Risky Rays

by Ross Levy, MD, Chief, Dermatology, Northern Westchester Hospital

Dr. Ross Levy, NWHAs the days lengthen and the temperature climbs, you can’t help but head outdoors for fun in the sun. Before you grab your beach towel, you should take measures to protect your skin. Too much sun is the primary cause of most skin cancers. Despite what you may have heard, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damages.

Why is sun such a problem? The light contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body’s immune system tracks down these mutations and repairs them, but occasionally the damage is missed and skin cancer takes hold. The more sun you’re exposed to, the greater your risk. Continue reading

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