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Protect your skin, your body's largest organ. Take this advice from Allan Oseroff, chairman of the dermatology departments at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the medical school at the University at Buffalo.

1. Get in the habit of putting on sunscreen every day. You're out in the sun more than you think, said Oseroff.

2. It takes at least 15 to 30 minutes for sunscreen to be effective after you put it on. Don't wait until you're on the beach.

3. Oseroff recommends sunscreen of at least 30 SPF as the bottle number is usually a bit higher than the sun protection it offers. But, he warns, "you can defeat sunscreen by attempting to tan through it."

4. Tan is a response to injury. It is not a sign of health.

-- Michelle Kearns

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