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Athletes and the Dangers of Skin

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It is a known fact that ultraviolet radiation (aka: sun exposure) increases the risk of skin cancer. Additionally, genetics, immunology, and skin pigmentation also play a role in the increased risk for getting skin cancer.
Athletes, especially marathon runners, hikers, and tennis players, exceed the amount of recommended ultraviolet exposure during the summer months. But anyone who trains or performs sports outside, whether in the summer months or winter months, is exposed to the dangers of skin melanomas.

Sand, water, and especially snow can reflect UV rays from the sun by up to eighty percent (80%). Skiers and snowboarders need to keep this in mind because with the high percentage of exposure in combination with the elevated altitude, the winter sun can be just a damaging while on the slopes than it is while spending a day at the beach in the middle of July.

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