Five Sunburns before age 20 can Increase Skin Cancer Risk

May 30, 2014 7:38 PM

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Five Sunburns before age 20 can Increase Skin Cancer Risk

A new study examined the effects of sunburn on one's risk of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer called melanoma. The researchers discovered that young Caucasian women who have had at least blistering five sunburns before the age of 20 have an increased risk of developing melanoma.

"Our results suggest that sun exposures in both early life and adulthood were predictive of nonmelanoma skin cancers, whereas melanoma risk was predominantly associated with sun exposure in early life in a cohort of young women," said Abrar A. Qureshi, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of the Departmen...

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