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Sun Protection is More than Just Simple SPF  

We all think an hour or two in the sun won’t hurt us, a little vitamin D is good for you, right? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at least 5 million cases of skin cancer happen each year. In fact, it’s the most common cancer in the U.S. with 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime.   

How to protect your skin  

Protecting your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays plays an important role in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. Preventative measures include using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, avoiding prolonged sun exposure between peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., wearing a broad-brimmed hat, wearing protective clothing, and reapplying sunscreen.  

Wear sunscreen every day regardless of if it’s sunny or not; remember the sun’s out every single day and the UV rays do penetrate through the clouds, says TPMG board certified dermatologist Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH, FAAD. 

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Pastien Peou

Pastien Peou, PA-C

Pastien Peou, PA-C, joined TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology in Newport News in 2019. Pastien has more than 10 years of experience in the medical field and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Pastien earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Physiology from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.

As a physician assistant, Pastien is dedicated to providing compassionate care to his patients. He uses a holistic approach to help his patients achieve their goals to live a healthy lifestyle. Pastien has special medical interests in treating complex skin disorders, advanced treatments in the cosmetic field, and skin cancers including malignant melanoma. He is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, a non-profit professional organization of members who provide dermatologic care or have an interest in the medical specialty of dermatology.

Outside of the office, Pastien enjoys spending quality time with his family and visiting the beach. He keeps active by competing in fitness events, golfing, hiking, and snowboarding.