Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Danger from Sun Exposure Is Now Widely Recognized

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Danger from Sun Exposure Is Now Widely Recognized

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Dear Doctor K: You've said many times that the sun can harm our skin and increase the risk for skin cancer. How does it do that?

Dear Reader: As you age, the single biggest cause of damage to skin is sun exposure. This damage is called "photoaging." Over the years, sun exposure causes fine and coarse wrinkles; baggy skin with a yellow, leathery appearance; and dry, scaly skin. It also reduces collagen, a natural chemical that gives strength to tissues and that supports a network of blood vessels in the skin. As a result, the skin bruises more easily.

Finally and most significantly, sun exposure increases the risk for skin cancer. That includes melanoma -- the very dangerous kind of skin cancer that can spread -- and the less serious kinds of skin cancer that rarely spread. …

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