No. 1 day for sunburns approaches

Doctors warn of sunburn day in Metro Detroit

DETROIT - It's the day doctors say you're most likely to suffer a sunburn, and it's just around the corner.

From the barbecue to the beach to bike rides,  Metro Detroiters are already making their plans for the long Memorial Day weekend.  While you may not plan on getting a sunburn, Henry Ford dermatologist Dr. Melody Eide said many people will.

"There's no such thing as a safe or mild sunburn, and in fact, we say the same thing about a tan. There's no such thing as a safe or mild tan," said Eide.

Despite not being the hottest day of the summer, experts warned Memorial Day traditionally ranks No. 1 for sunburns because many people are off work and anxious to spend hours outdoors after a long winter. 

Local emergency room doctors say they typically see several patients over the Memorial Day weekend with sunburns severe enough to require medical attention.

Eide cautioned, it only takes one serious sunburn to substantially increase your risk for skin cancer.

"Sun exposure translates to sun damage no matter how little or much that sun exposure is," said Eide.  "The smarter you can be in the sun, the better it is for your skin."

To protect your skin, Eide recommends using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt and pants.   Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are strongest.

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