New research shows dangers of sunburn in teens, children

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 9:35 AM

 ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- New research shows just how dangerous time spent outside can be for children.

The study showed anyone who gets a blistering sunburn before the age of twenty is 80 percent more likely to develop skin cancer, which is much higher than previously thought.

You can prevent damage with a good quality, high SPF sunscreen.
 
“Even if you don't have a tendency to burn, it’s still a good idea to wear sunscreen because that sun damage can happen without a sunburn," said Jay Moore, Vice President of Medical Affairs at SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis.
 
Doctors say there is no safe way to tan.  If you want to be darker, they suggest you use self-tanning lotions that require no time outside.
 

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