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KUSA - Summer is just around the corner, which means more and more people will be spending time outdoors.

But what can we do to protect ourselves from the powerful rays that dominate Colorado summers?

9NEWS spoke with Dr. Cory Dunnick, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Hospital, about proper skin care when out in the elements.

The most dangerous type of skin cancer is Melanoma, which affects one in 50 Americans, Dr. Dunnick said.

Skin care is something that is particularly important for Coloradans, where Melanoma is the fifth-most common type of cancer.

To protect your skin, Dr. Dunnick made the following recommendations:

-Look for a "Broad Spectrum" sunscreen, which will protect you from multiple types of UV rays from the sun.

-Avoid doing outdoor activities like hiking during the middle of the day, when UV exposure is at its highest.

-Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside, and wear protective clothing, such as a hat that will cover your ears.

-The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing SPF 30 or higher.

-If you notice any moles changing size, shape, or color. particularly bigger or darker, see a dermatologist right away. They could be signs of Melanoma.

To learn more about spotting skin cancer, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website here: http://www.aad.org/

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