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Cancer Treatments and the Sun

POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

Although it’s natural to spend more time outdoors during the summer, you should take special care if you’re a cancer patient. Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that some cancer treatments could put you at greater risk for sun damage.

Radiation, for example, may reduce your skin’s natural protective capacity, and chemotherapy may sensitize your skin as well. You’ll need to completely protect your skin from sun exposure, wearing sunscreen and protective clothing during the summer months.

Be sure to cover surgical scars, which may darken if exposed to the sun, say UAB experts. If you’re a skin cancer patient, protect the areas being treated by wearing dark, tightly woven fabrics.