Paradox of Summer
what's a paradox of summer? Many people think they look healthier with a tan, but as any good doctor will tell you, too much time in the sun, especially without sunscreen, can lead to cancer.
CHRISTY FEIG, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT
More than one million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Jimmie Goetze's turn came two years ago.
JIMMIE GOETZE, SKIN CANCER PATIENT
One day my-we had our grandson visiting us, and so I had to take the shirt off and, go in the pool with him.
Later that day she found a bright red spot on her back. It turned out to be melanoma.
I was scared. I was very scared. I knew that melanoma is deadly.
But it's not necessarily one exposure that gives you skin cancer.
DR. LISA KAUFFMAN, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
If you've had multiple sunburns, you get to a point where the cell's DNA can no longer make the necessary repairs, and the damaged cells just continue to multiply.
There are three types of skin cancer, all can be prevented with a few simple steps. Avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you must go out, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen regularly. An SPF of 30 blocks about 96 percent of the sunburning rays, and make sure it's put on correctly.
The best way to put on sunscreen is to put it on, wait 10 or 15 minutes, and put on another coat.
Pay special attention to moles that have changed and rough, red areas that may be pre-cancerous lesions. If caught early, these spots can be treated in the doctor's office. And don't be fooled, the sun goes right through that T-shirt you wear at the beach to protect your shoulders.