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Many enjoy spending time outdoors in the summer, but sometimes too much sun can be dangerous and even deadly.

According to Dermatologist Daniel Ladd, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer.

"Any new or changing mole should arouse some suspicion, and you should have it checked by a doctor as soon as possible. If it's a changing mole that's changing into melanoma, your highest cure rate will happen if you get seen quickest,” Dr. Ladd said.

While one way to treat skin cancer is to go under the knife. Dr. Ladd’s practice uses a relatively new, non-invasive procedure to remove non-melanoma cancers. The procedure uses a tool called the SRT-100 which concentrates a radiation dose on the surface of the skin. Patients come in for treatments one to three times a week for 13 weeks.

Dr. Ladd said his practice is the first in Central Texas to use the SRT-100.

"Patients are genuinely impressed there is a non-surgical way to take care of skin cancers," Dr. Ladd said.

However, even with new procedures to combat the worst of the summer sun, experts say taking the right precautions before you step outside can be the best solution.

Find out more in the video above.

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