Tyler, Texas (KETK) — During the summer months kids spend a lot of time outdoors, but while they soak up that sun doctors want to make sure the kid's skin is protected.
KETK spoke to an Oncologist, Aparna Kumar at Texas Oncology, she tells us 1 in 5 Americans are at risk of developing some form of skin cancer because years of sun exposure is putting them at risk.
Doctors are asking parents to routinely apply sunscreen on their kids at the earliest age possible to prevent developing skin cancer as they get older and as early as a teenager.
"Now dermatologists are recommending SPF 30," says Dr. Kumar.
Dr. Kumar adds, "I think it should be a habit for parents to from a very young age parents instill into the kids that they need to apply sunscreen before they got outside."
She also suggests, parents should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before kids go outside and to also take extra precautions.
"Sunscreen is one thing in terms of protecting the kids but I think the healthy habits is trying not to be out there when the sun is the hottest which is around 10 to 2 pm."
Experts say, people need to make it a habit to apply sunscreen whether it's sunny or cloudy.