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How can overexposure to the sun affect me?

Sunlight is raditation. Fortunately our skin provides excellent protection, but it has limits.

Overexposure to the sun, like any radiation leads to damage of your tissues. Skin cells can die, causing what we call a sunburn. Repeated sunburns and excess sun lead to damaged cells that can form cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinioma. The sun also slowly destroys the collagen in your skin. This leads to thin skin that tears and bruises easily. It also causes wrinkles, dilated blood vessels and areas of spotty pigmentation. 

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