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The burning truth behind what happens when you get a sunburn

When you’re enjoying some quality time with family at the lake or gathered around the grill in the backyard, everything is all fun and games—until someone gets a sunburn. Most of us who enjoy spending time outdoors are familiar with the agony of a sunburn. A bright red patch—often in a bizarre pattern—that swells, blisters …

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Melanoma: the deadly risk to ‘fun in the sun’

Summer fun in the sun can be deadly without proper precaution. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Although it accounts for only about 2 percent of all skin cancer cases, it causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Timing is everything when it comes to diagnosing this deadly disease. “There has …

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4 risky habits that could give you cancer

How bad is it? Talking on your cellphone all day. Saying yes to tanning and no to sunscreen. Skipping preventative screenings. Just how risky are these actions when it comes to cancer? Nobody’s perfect. But with cancer prevention, it pays to be close to impeccable as possible. Here, we rate common habits on a one-to-five scale …

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Ebola, skin cancer, doctor training changes among this week’s top health headlines

Here’s a sampling of health news articles in Texas and beyond: The largest Ebola outbreak in history is spurring concerns that the deadly virus could make its way from West Africa to America. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Public health officials say the risk of Ebola spreading to the U.S. is low, but some infectious-disease …

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Not all sunscreen products are equal

As the warm summer months approach, it’s important to remember some critical facts about using your sunscreen.  Not all sunscreen products are created equal. Fortunately, in 2013 the FDA required sunscreen manufacturers to include some new facts about their products on the label. Although all sunscreens help prevent sunburn, only those with an SPF of …

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