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What changes can occur in the skin due to sun exposure?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
With any unprotected sun exposure your skin absorbs harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If your skin is sunburned it will undergo a process to repair injured skin cells. With frequent exposure to the sun your skin will turn darker and start to thicken. Sun exposure also leads to wrinkles.

The biggest concern, however, is that repeated exposure to UV rays increases the risk of skin cancer. That includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

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