Deb Scholten, director of the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne, says new guidelines indicate we may have less protection from the sun’s harmful rays than we used to think.
“Even if you wear t-shirts, it doesn’t provide you any more protection than what a less than SPF-15 sunscreen would, which is news to a lot of us,” Scholten says. “We always thought if we had some clothing on that we were safe from those UV rays.”
When it comes to sunscreen, Scholten says to read the SPF numbers, and the higher, the better.
“Thirty is great and 50 is even better,” Scholten says. “I know people who like to sport a nice-looking tan have a hard time adapting to that. Those of us who don’t tan very well don’t really care. We can go for the 30 or the 50 quite easily.”
She says as baby boomers live longer, the incidence of skin cancer is increasing.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton