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How much tanning does it take to get wrinkles and cancer?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No formula: This depends on your genetic tendencies and predisposition as well as the frequency of tanning and the severity of the burns. Your skin color will have a great influence.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Agreed, and would very much advise against it.
Aug 18, 2013
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Can't quanitfy: Tanning causes wrinkles and skin cancer... Neither of which you want! avoid it and always use sun block when you're in the sun.
Dr. Jayson Dupre
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A good amount, but..: Generally, these types of adverse events are associated with long term sun exposure over time, however, genetics and other factors play a part as well and can accelerate this. The best thing to do is always wear a good sunscreen containing uva and uvb protection and to wear a hat when in the sun. Prevention here is the key and everyday makes a difference.

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