GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — As it turns out, the higher you go in elevation the more likely you are to burn. In fact, even at Colorado’s lowest point which is about 33 hundred feet, sunlight can be 6 to 33% more intense on the skin than at sea level.
A 1999 AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) study found that some Colorado residents in higher elevations are 115% more likely to develop non-melanoma skin cancer than someone at sea level.
“We are a little bit higher up in elevation and when you’re higher up in elevation there’s just a little less atmosphere for the sun’s rays to pass through so its less stuff to filer out the harmful UV rays,” Meteorologist Chris Knoll explains. “So you want to make sure you just have some stronger sunscreen on you and don’t forget to reapply it during the summer months.”