ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Despite all the reports on the importance of using sunscreen, melanoma rates are increasing. But why? Meteorologist Emily Noonan took a closer look at the dangers of the sun.
It's April, and some people think they won't get a sunburn this early in the season. But, what many people do not know is that the angle of the sun on April 25 is the same as it is in August. The temperature doesn't matter.
A sunny, 40 degree day in April could give you the same burn as a 90 degree day in August.
Growing up, Karina Anderson wasn't all that worried about the sun.
"It was after a routine visit to the dermatologist and he removed what looked just barely more than a freckle on my back which I couldn't see, it happened to be a melanoma," said Anderson.
She never thought something like this could happen to her, especially at her age. But, Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says it doesn't matter the age or color of skin, you are at risk without protection.
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