Sunburns and Their Relation to Skin Cancer

Sunburn can be a painful, unsightly consequence of too much unprotected time spent in the sun, but sunburn is more than just a temporary nuisance. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn can also cause long-lasting damage to the skin and increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer.

Sunburn tends to be so common, particularly during the warmer months of the year, that many people may consider it a relatively harmless byproduct of spending time outside under the sun. But the United Kingdom-based charitable organization Cancer Research UK notes that getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple a person’s risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

A better understanding of sunburn and its relationship with skin cancer may encourage more people to prioritize protecting their skin when spending time in the sun.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May/June issue of LiveIt magazine.