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03 August 2011

Cancer patients at risk for sun damage

Cancer patients are at greater risk for sun damage and need to be extra vigilant about sun safety, researchers say.

Cancer patients are at greater risk for sun damage and need to be extra vigilant about sun safety, researchers say.

In order to protect their skin from the sun's harmful rays, the UAB experts recommend that cancer patients follow some basic sun-protection guidelines, including:

  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Cover surgical scars (they may darken if exposed to the sun)
  • Wear a hat (this is especially important for patients who have lost their hair).

  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day
  • Chew on ice chips
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol or caffeine
  • Eat fruits and vegetables with high fluid content.

 
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