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Is sun exposure at 8 am to 9 am can cause skin cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: The intensity of the ultraviolet is much less due to the greater distance through the atmosphere, but ultraviolet damage is cumulative. A sunblocker is a good idea, and if you're outdoors a lot, keep an eye on your skin, and have someone else look where you can't.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Possible: While the morning sun is not as powerful as the midday sun, any exposure to ultraviolet radiation can increase your risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Sun: Since the sun is low on the horizon between 8 and 9 am , the amount of uv radiation is not as great as 12 pm for example . Still a good idea to put on sunscreen before leaving the house.

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What extent of sun exposure can lead to skin cancer?

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Sun: A history of sunburns (even just a couple) in childhood combined with cumulative sun exposure from childhood throughout adulthood dramatically increases one's skin cancer risk.
Dr. Ayman Shahine
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It also depends on many factors like the quality of sun rays,ex early morning or late after noon sun vs noon sun, geographic location where the exposure occurs, sunny countries that are closer to the equator vs countries that are closer to the pole and get little sun. Genetic susceptibility is importantant. number of melanocytes and quality of melanine play a role too
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