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    Assessing the long-term effects of sun exposure

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    In a history and physical assessment, what would you assess to determine long-term sun exposure?

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    1) To determine long-term sun exposure the following questions would need to be asked:
    -Do you or have you ever tanned (natural and tanning salon)?
    -What SPF of sunblock/screen do you use? When did you first start using it? How often do you use it?
    -Have you ever had an occupation that was primarily outdoors?
    -Have your hobbies included much time spend outdoors?
    -Skin type
    -Regions the person has lived ...

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    The expert assesses the long-term effects of sun exposure.