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A 40-year-old member asked:

if i have on spf 10 sunscreen and lay out in the sun, do i still have chances of geting skin cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: "laying out" is a bad idea. Sun burns are worse than sun tans but basically, the more sun exposure you have the higher your risk of skin cancer. Be active, do what you love outdoors, but protect your skin and minimize exposure as best u can. Best wishes.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes but lower: My recommendation is that you visit www.Skincancer.Org and find the link on sunscreens. Here you will find detailed information on sunscreens (types, correct use etc..). Sunscreens if used correctly are designed to provide protection to your skin from the harmful effects of uva & uvb by prolonging the time it takes for the skin to turn red (burn). The cancer risk is always there but minimized.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yes: Yes. You should limit your exposure to uv radiation. There is no such thing as a healthy tan.

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