SPOKANE, Wash. - We're still enjoying the last month of summer, with plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, but you may not realize how much damage you could be doing to your skin.
You've heard the warnings for years: Cover your face, use sunscreen and stay in the shade during peak hours, but a video making the rounds shows that even though we're not burning our skin, we could be suffering from serious sun damage.
Photographer Thomas Leveritt's video shows the difference between what your skin looks like to the human eye compared to what it looks like through a UV camera. The UV camera shows the damage beneath the surface, before you develop moles and before you can see skin cancer.
It proves that, while we may be diligent as adults protecting our skin, the damage we did as young adults and kids may still be with us.
"Everyone should have their skin checked at least once a year," says dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. "And, if you have a lot of spots, check more often."
Dermatologists in our area have the UV camera and can show you the damage. It's important to know that while one in five people develop skin cancer, if caught early, most skin cancers can be cured.
Doctors recommend you not only visit them once a year, you check yourself and your partner once a month. Anything unusual or changing warrants a trip to the doctor.