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Breaking out the sunblock

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The warm weather has drawn some tourists to the local beaches and they are breaking out the sunblock.

"At least 50 or 60 sometimes. It's very important for me because my skin is very sensitive and white, so it's really necessary," said The Csiky family from Montreal.

Some young folks have learned this lesson too.

Reporter Nick Borelli: Have you been burned before?

Csikys: Yes, I have... ...I hate it, it's very bad.

Not only does getting a sunburn hurt, but it's not healthy.

"It is dangerous if we get too much sun because it can cause both wrinkling and sun damage, and also skin cancer," said Dr. Glenn Goldman, a dermatologist at Fletcher Allen Healthcare. "If you have to be outside, I recommend first and foremost using clothing, because clothes are the most effective way of protecting yourself.

On exposed areas, apply a broad spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher -- protecting from harmful UV rays.

Putting on the stuff is worth the effort. "The formulas of the cream are going into your skin, so take the time to do it, cause cancer can be really bad for you," said Emilie Fourlie from Montreal.

Sometimes, you'll need to apply sunblock several times a day. "No matter how water resistant a sunscreen is, it's gonna come off sooner or later if you're in the water long enough," Dr. Goldman said.

You can also minimize sun damage by only being out at certain times of day. "I recommend that they go until about 10 o'clock in the morning, and then after 3 or 4 in the afternoon," Goldman said.

If you want to be at the beach during the midday, it might be a good idea to get out of the sun, find some shade, take a seat and just relax for a bit.

Lifeguards, like David Jacubson, also know the dangers of the sun. "On a really hot day we have big umbrellas we can put up to get in the shade if we have to be on the chair for an hour. The city gives us a big industrial tube of sunscreen," he said.

They also wear eye protection for good reason. "More and more research shows that a lot of conditions in the eye, particularly cataracts, are largely linked to sun exposure," Dr. Goldman said.

Dr. Goldman has been giving this sort of advice to his patients for years with positive results. "I've noticed that over a period of 15 years or so that with ongoing sun protection the number of skin cancers that they've gotten has slowed," he said.

So while we can still get our dose of Vitamin D, we just need to do it while protecting ourselves.

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