Can a Sunburn Cause Skin Cancer?

Find out if a burn can lead to skin cancer from board-certified dermatologist Ahmet Altiner in this Howcast video.

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Sunburns, particularly blistering sunburns during childhood is a well-known risk factor for getting skin cancer in the future, melanoma and non-melanoma. Whenever I see a patient, and I'm determining the type of screening they need for skin cancer, this is one of the most important questions I ask.

Another question I ask is the use of tanning booths. Recent studies have shown that, especially in women under the age of 40, use of tanning booths is a well-documented risk factor for skin cancer in the future. So if you have children playing on the beach or in the park, it is important to remember those sun protection tips, as avoiding a blistering sunburn now can avoid skin cancer in the future.

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