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tfab-me-1nd6_pr4wt3ng-m1st2r-aaaPANAMA CITY BEACH– Many locals and spring breakers are taking advantage of the warm weather by hitting the beach.

But even on cloudy days like Sunday, there’s still a risk of getting burned.The Gulf Coast glare is so strong, experts recommend limiting sun exposure, even when there’s a cloud cover.

“Down hear I burn so easily, so I load up on sunscreen,” Abby Siudak, a spring breaker from Illinois, said. According to the National Weather Service, our area’s UV index is already at a nine out of 12 this time of year. What that means, the average person may burn in about 25 minutes without sunscreen, evey7a-me-j1ck3_k3ng-m1st2rn on a cloudy day.

The American Cancer Society says the risk of skin cancer increases with age, but melanoma is on the rise in young adults. In fact it’s the most common cancer for people 25 to 29 years old. People in their late teens to late 30’s are four to eight times more likely to develop skin cancer than they were a few decades ago.

 

The National Weather Service suggests covering up, seeking out the shade, and, “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.” But not everyone’s following that advice.