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One really bad sunburn as a child doubles your risk of skin cancer

Updated: May 30, 2022

Summertime means lots of days lounging at the beach, the pool, or at the park. Bliss! But wait, have you got your sun protection? Research has found it can take just one severe sunburn as a child to double your risk of skin cancer as an adult. A severe sunburn is a sunburn which peels or blisters.


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer; this is why it is so important to protect your skin from the sun. You can do this by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a broad brimmed hat, sliding on some sunglasses, and seeking shade. Also make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen! You should aim to use at least a teaspoon each for your head/neck, chest, back, and each arm and leg.


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