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I am 17 years old ans a maleand I got a mild sunburn Is it likely that I will get skin cancer when I'm older I have only had 3 other ones I. The past?

I am 17 years old ans a maleand I got a mild sunburn Is it likely that I will get skin cancer when I'm older I have only had 3 other ones I. The past?

Not necessarily: Sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer, however most people do not get skin cancer. You may wish to use sun screen to avoid sun burn.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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I got badly sunburned on my forehead and head. Could one bad burn cause skin cancer?

I got badly sunburned on my forehead and head. Could one bad burn cause skin cancer?

Not really: There is a linkage to repeated sun damage, particularly prior to puberty.One episode is not going to do it but will hopefully remind you that sunblock/headware is a a simple and inexpensive way to help avoid it. ...Read more

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Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Cancer risks: Cancer comes from changes to the DNA- mutations, that can be caused by many things. Cancer begins only when enough changes have accrued to make cells that grow independently. But one can not tell right off if they have occurred. The more exposure the more risk, but single exposure does not mean zero risk, just lower. Take luck out of it and avoid risks. ...Read more

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How long after having sunburns can you get skin cancer?

How long after having sunburns can you get skin cancer?

Skin Never Forgets: I tell my melanoma patients that are 70 years old that their melanoma was mostly like causes by a severe sunburn they had when they were 12 years old. The skin never forgets. ...Read more

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I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can I do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I don't want to get skin cancer

I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can I do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I don't want to get skin cancer

Tips: More sunscreen (Most only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Use full ounce). Apply every 2 hrs when swimming or sweating. Apply 15 min BEFORE going out. SPF at least 30 (blocks 97% of sun's rays). ...Read more

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If I don't get sunburn easily, does that mean I am still at a high risk of skin cancer?

If I don't get sunburn easily, does that mean I am still at a high risk of skin cancer?

Even if you don't: Burn easily, that does not mean that you don't have potential to develop skin cancer. Protect your skin from solar damage. ...Read more

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My 11 year old daughter got a bad sunburn yesterday. What helps prevent skin cancer in future?

My 11 year old daughter got a bad sunburn yesterday. What helps prevent skin cancer in future?

Avoidance of the sun: The best prevention for skin cancer is sun avoidance. Uv light has cumulative effects on skin cancer risk (i.e. The more exposure the higher the risk.) long sleeve shirts, long pants, wide brim hats are best. Next would be a good quality sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 applied every one to two hours. ...Read more

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I seem to get about 1 sunburn per year even though I always wear sunblock. Does this make me high risk for skin cancer or is 1 a year pretty average?

I seem to get about 1 sunburn per year even though I always wear sunblock. Does this make me high risk for skin cancer or is 1 a year pretty average?

Here's what to do: I'm glad you're aware that you're at a real increased risk. Have somebody (partner, physician) keep a VERY close eye on your skin. Get all suspicious lesions removed. Doing this faithfully is an extremely effective way of preventing death from skin cancer. And keep using your sunscreen. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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Can sunburn lead to skin cancer?

Can sunburn lead to skin cancer?

Absolutely: The sunburn itself does not cause skin cancer; however, it is a marker of skin damage caused by uv radiation from sun exposure (or tanning bed). The uv radiation causes damage to the dna of skin cells, which is the underlying cause of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How can a sunburn cause skin cancer?

How can a sunburn cause skin cancer?

DNA damage: Sun burn does not cuase skin cancer. It is jsut a marker for skin damages caused by uv radiation from the sun. Uv radaition causes damage to the dna of skin cells, which is the underlying cause of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

Sunburn: There is often a lag phase of many years between the time of a sunburn and the development of skin cancer. See a dermatologist if you suspect skin cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of skin cancer after your sunburn peels away and heals up?

What are the symptoms of skin cancer after your sunburn peels away and heals up?

Does it persist?: Sunburn has been shown to increase the risk of developing skin cancer many years later. Sunburn does not cause immediate cancer. Severe sunburn my require treatment by a physician or specialist. Was there was a skin lesion before the sunburn, or has it changed? Or if your skin does not heal or there is a persistent lesion, have it examined. ...Read more

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I'm 20 F. Is there some way of reducing high chance of skin cancer after suffering from sunburns as a kid? I experienced at least 3 painful sunburns

No.: No, you can't undo the past. What you CAN do is not to add further risk, by avoiding sun exposure and smoking. Also be alert to changes in your skin. Skin cancer, even melanoma, if diagnosed early is curable with simple excision.

One other thing: although your history of sun burns increases your lifetime risk of skin cancer, most people with such a history do not in fact get skin cancer. ...Read more

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Skin cancer from to much sun? I go outside in the direct sun with no sunscreen daily for 30 minutes but never got sunburned. Is this safe?

Skin cancer from to much sun? I go outside in the direct sun with no sunscreen daily for 30 minutes but never got sunburned. Is this safe?

Protection better: Whether you develop skin cancer is related to multiple factors, including sun exposure, use of sunscreen, family history, and your own genetic risk factors. The sun exposure that you described sounds minimal, but it us always good to reduce her risk factors as much as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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