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Summer is here and that means more time outdoors; fun in the sun! Just be sure to be careful about how much sun exposure you and your family are really getting. While sunburns may not seem like a big deal, they can lead to much bigger issues, like skin cancer, down the road. Sunburns can affect not only your skin, but your eyes as well! So it is vital to your health and the health of your family to take proper precautions before heading anywhere this summer

The CDC (Center for Disease Control), your Doctor and your Medical Assistants are all going to tell you the same thing: WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! Any brand with an SPF of 15 or higher is recommended. It needs to be applied over all exposed skin and be on for about 20 minutes before going outside to get its full protection from the sun. Be sure to reapply every 2 hrs, or when getting out of the pool/beach, or after strenuous activity that would cause heavy perspiration. Be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses and also take breaks in a shaded area.

The more precautions you take the less often you get burns. If you every have any questions, call your doctor and speak with a highly trained Medical Assistant about what the best course of action would be. If you have interest in the Medical field, you may want to consider becoming a Medical Assistant. They work in all types of offices, including Dermatological Offices, where patients with skin issues are often treated. MedQuest College offers an amazing Medical Assisting program that is completed in just 10 months, working with students from many different backgrounds who need/want to make a meaningful and lasting career change. MedQuest College has classes that work with just about any schedule you have. Medical Assisting classes are 4 days a week, for 4 hours at a time. Click here for more information.