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I live in the uk. went out in the sun for about 50 minutes without sunscreen my skin felt hot bt didn't get sunburnt. does this increase cancer risk?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sun Screen: It is doubtful that this one exposure will cause any significant problems -especially since there was no sunburn. However, to minimize risk would recommend regular use of sun screen applied at least 20 minutes before going out. Take care.

Answered 1/1/2018

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Not much: The exposure you cite is not worrisome. However, all sun damage is additive over your lifetime. It is thousands of times more likely to cause wrinkles and age spots than cancer, but over time, it does add up.

Answered 1/1/2018

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