HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Getting a tan is a summer priority for some, but dermatologists warn that the benefits of a golden glow are far outweighed by the detrimental effects.
"Just one really bad sunburn can cause melanoma," said Dr. Cheng, Medical Director of Forrest General Hospital.
He recommended staying out of the direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm. When exposure is necessary, dress in protective clothing and always wear sunblock with at least SPF 30.
Also, be sure that the sunblock protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It's critical to reapply throughout the day, especially after swimming or sweating. Take extra care to protect children's skin because it is extra sensitive to the sun's harsh rays.
"Most American's think tanning is healthy," said Dr. Cheng. "It's not. Tanning means your body is getting damaged."
Tanning beds are just as dangerous. While they do not use real sunlight, the cancer they cause is very real.