Sun exposure during childhood and adolescence may significantly raise one's risk for melanoma, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. Results from the study of 109,000 Caucasian women showed that those who experienced five or more blistering sunburns as adolescents are at a significantly heightened risk for melanoma. On the other hand, women who were exposed to high amounts of ultraviolet radiation as adults did not have an increased risk of melanoma, but they did have twice the risk of developing basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The researchers concluded that parents should be vigilant about protecting their children from excessive sun exposure. They also noted, however, that adults should also remain cautious and protect themselves when being exposed to the sun.
The risk of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer may be closely tied to sun exposure in youth, a new study suggests. The new research found that women who had at least five blistering sunburns during their teenage years had a greater likelihood of developing any of the three main forms of skin cancer.