Am I more at risk for skin cancer than my grandparents were?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The sunlight our skin absorbs is harsher than it was in the past. As the ozone layer has depleted, the holes that now exist let more of the sun's UV rays reach the Earth. This, in addition to the fact that today's fashions leave more skin exposed, means you need to be more careful than your grandparents did.

Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing to safeguard your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

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