DOH advises public protect skin from extreme heat
CEBU CITY – The Department of Health has advised the public to stay away from over exposure to direct sunlight to prevent skin cancer.
DOH's Dr. Joanri Riveral said due to climate change, we are experiencing extreme heat most of the time. “Although we have no statistics for now on skin cancer as these are in the private doctors, but considering climate change let us avoid prolong exposure to the heat,” he said.
He said maximum exposure to sunlight should not be more than 30 minutes and the maximum temperature should be around 37 degrees Celsius. There is also a need to apply sun blocks on skin which is SPF 15 ( sun protector factor).
Personal hygiene still tops as the best prevention since a clean skin will not be home to fungi and bacteria. Riveral said barangay health centers are equipped to conduct initial skin examination and are even giving out ointments and medications for treatment.
“We should not be neglecting a simple rash or other allergies as these may be symptoms of something more serious internally. Kidney and liver problems usually show skin discolorations and abnormalities,” Riveral said.