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Health Tip: Autumn Doesn't Mean Less Sun Screen

The sun's angle can still damage your skin

(HealthDay News) -- Fall is already in the air, but just because it's a little cooler -- and maybe a bit cloudy -- doesn't mean you can leave the sunscreen under the bathroom counter.

Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any time the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to reach the earth, you need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. UV rays can cause skin damage during any season or temperature, but UV radiation is the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.

These damaging rays, which appear to be the most important factor in developing skin cancer, reach you on cloudy and hazy days and also reflect off surfaces such as water, cement, sand and snow.

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