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Does sun exposure increase my risk for skin cancer?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Avoid excess sun. Skin cancer is directly related to sun exposure. Ultraviolet radiation damages the DNA of skin cells, increasing the risk of cancerous changes. Don't visit tanning booths; they emit ultraviolet A radiation. Both UVA and UVB increase the risk of cancer. Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and UVA or UVB protection.

Sun exposure is one of the most significant risk factors for most types of skin cancer. The sun's rays contain harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It is thought that those UV rays are what may damage DNA and cause skin cancer. Because of this risk, it is a good idea to avoid excessive sun exposure and to protect your skin with sunscreen and tightly woven clothing.

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