The dangers of searing your skin with this summer's sun

Putting on sunscreen
Sharon Doyle puts sunscreen on the face of 9-year-old Savannah Stidham as they visit the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Joe Raedle | Getty Images 2006

The summer solstice is Thursday — the day every year with the most sunlight. But while you're having fun in the sun, you should first take actions to protect your skin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 more than 80,000 new cases of melanomas of the skin were reported in the U.S. And in Minnesota, the number of new cases has doubled over the last 15 years.

MPR News host Tom Crann discussed how to protect yourself this summer with Dr. Ingrid Polcari, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at the University of Minnesota.

To listen to their conversation, click the audio player above.

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