You may love sunbathing, but did you know that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage and possibly cancer? The more time spent in the sun, the higher your risk of skin cancer.
Each time skin is exposed to UV radiation, changes take place in the structure and function of our skin cells. Over time, skin can become permanently damaged and worsens with each exposure.
Skin cancer usually corresponds to the number of severe sunburns endured, particularly in childhood. But 'cumulative' exposure over a person's lifetime can also increase their long-term risk.
Individuals with fair skin have a higher risk than people with darker, olive complexions. However, all skin types can be damaged by exposure to UV radiation.
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