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The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot

The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot is a monthly resource for information on a variety of topics ranging from the best way to get a good night's sleep to women's health.

June's Topic: Summer Skin Care
with Dermatologist Anthony Timko, M.D.

Summer’s here...are you protected?

Summer is here which means hiking, biking, picnics, and much more. It also means more exposure to the sun as you enjoy the great outdoors.

With nearly 9,500 people diagnosed with skin cancer every day, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps to protect yourself.

First, if you’re going to be out in the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen to any skin that will be exposed, even on cloudy days. Reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30.

Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During those times, seek shade. If you’re going to be out in the sun, wear long sleeves and pants as well as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Don’t forget to check yourself regularly. Enlist your partner for help with areas that are harder to see, such as your lower back. Thoroughly examine your skin. If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches, or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

Summer is a great time to be outside enjoying all that the Gunnison Valley has to offer. But be sure you’re taking steps to protect yourself. To learn more about skin cancer detection and prevention, visit

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