If I have freckles, are my chances of getting cancer heightened?

Freckles are common in people with fair skin. While freckles themselves do not increase a person's chance of getting cancer, having fair skin actually does, as it is at greater risk of damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays. People with fair skin should make sure to use protection against UV rays in the form of clothing or sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There is some evidence that suggests those with freckles have a higher incidence of cancer. If your freckles change in appearance or change shape, it's a good idea to see a medical professional.

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