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Childhood sun exposure increases skin cancer risk

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Exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases skin cancer risk, which can be dangerous and even deadly, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Suffering one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing potentially-deadly melanoma later in life.

However, adopting a complete sun protection regimen can drastically reduce skin cancer risk. There are many things parents and caregivers can do to keep children sun-safe, whether they are at camp, the beach or just in the backyard.

Help children enjoy outdoor activities safely this summer with these tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation:

At Summer Camp

--Remind kids to seek the shade.

--Dress kids in sun-protective clothing.

--Practice sunscreen application beforehand.

At the Beach

--Dress kids in sun-safe swimwear.

--Help children reapply sunscreen frequently, cover them up with clothing, and bring a beach umbrella for kids to play beneath.

--Talk to teens about tanning. Tanning increases skin cancer risk, and leads to wrinkles, blemishes and age spots later in life.

Additional Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

--Avoid sunburn. Sunburns cause long-lasting damage to the skin.

--Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should be used on babies older than 6 months.

--Practice what you preach. Incorporate these tips into your own lifestyle.

For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.

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