Summer is here and that means lots of fun in the sun.
However, if you are not careful, that fun could take a dangerous turn, especially for fair-skinned women.
New research shows a woman’s risk of potentially deadly melanoma is strongly linked to her sun exposure in her teens and early twenties, rather than adulthood.
The study found caucasian women who had five or more blistering burns between the ages of 15 and 20, increased their risk of melanoma by 80 percent.
Women who got most of their sun exposure later in life were also more likely to develop skin cancer, but not melanoma.
Experts say too much sun exposure is harmful at any age, but parents should be vigilant in protecting their children.