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Dr. Gale Burstein - Erie County Health Commissioner

Skin Cancer Prevention & Mosquito Repellents
Posted at 11:24 AM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 11:35:28-04

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and one person in the United States dies from melanoma every hour, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner  joins Linda Pellegrino to talk about sunscreens and skin cancer prevention.

She also talks about guarding against mosquitos.  Dr. Gale tells us that  studies have shown that using a bug repellent with a sunscreen can make both products less effective.

Dr. Burstein tells us that the CDC suggests starting with a sunscreen, then putting mosquito repellent over it.

Also is is better not to use products that  combine a sunscreen with a repellent, since sunscreens need to be reapplied more often than repellents and using a combinations product frequently could result in higher-than-needed doses of repellent chemicals.

For more information go to www2.erie.gov/health