The hot summer season is just around the corner, even though the city I live in — Portland, Oregon — remains stubbornly cool. I have to admit that I am not a fan of hot weather.  For the most part, I have avoided sun exposure. Perhaps it’s because of my Scandinavian heritage.  Even as a younger guy, I preferred cooler temperatures.

But for sun lovers, it’s always important to take precautions to protect your skin. While abundant sunshine can give your body a much-needed vitamin C boost, too much sun can lead to skin cancer.  has a great article on sunscreens. Steven Reinberg reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require new sunscreen labeling. The article also provides a valuable link to the American Cancer Society.

By all means, enjoy the summer, but remember that excessive sunshine can take a toll on your skin. Ask your doctor to suggest ways you can help guard against potentially deadly skin cancer.  And while you’re at it, have your doctor inspect your skin for any suspicious -looking moles or growths on your skin. It only takes a few minutes and is time well spent.