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BOISE -- Thursday is Don't FRY day, and May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2011, the Food and Drug Administration has approved five drugs for melanoma and other skin cancers, but KTVB spoke with dermatologists about what you can do to help prevent skin cancer in the first place while enjoying this nice weather.

Summer's coming up, people like to go out water rafting, going up on the trails, getting out on the Greenbelt, having fun which we can do, but they need to be smart about it, said Paul Lindauer, a medical assistant at Gem State Dermatology.

As we spend more time outside, we have to be more careful with our skin.

Even one bad blistering sunburn can cause some problems, can cause skin cancer later on in their life, said Lindauer.

Dermatologist Blake Sampson said the deadliest kind of skin cancer is malignant melanoma, caused by sun exposure.

Idaho is one of the leading states in the country for both melanoma incidents per capita and melanoma death per capita, and Boise in particular is kind of a hot bed, said Sampson.

Sampson advises folks to be careful outside, especially between noon and 4:00 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest. Of course, he asks people to wear sunscreen whenever they are outside.

The biggest thing with sunscreen is SPF 30 or higher and reapplication, said Sampson. Even better than sunscreen is protective clothing, like a wide-brimmed hat, shirts with sleeves, and swim tops are a good idea.

If you have light hair and light skin, Sampson says you are at an even higher risk.

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