Does sunburn cause skin cancer?

When you head outside during the summer months in Miami, FL, it is essential that you think about sun protection. Many patients don’t think about the way the summer sun can impact their skin and overall health. Men, women, and children should be vigilant in applying sunscreen on exposed skin, wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants with sun-protection materials, and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect the head and eyes. While this might seem like a lot to wear, it is vital because a single sunburn can increase one’s risk for skin cancer in the future.

Yes, you heard that right: a single sunburn.

Studies continue to show that increased sun exposure, especially sun exposure that results in sunburn, may be the cause of skin cancer in the future. UV rays from the sun will absorb into the skin and can actually damage the skin cells by harming the genetic material. This not only causes sunburns, but skin cancer.

Sunburns have a profound effect on the health of the skin and can be the reason for developing skin cancer later on in life—especially the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, the American Association for Cancer Research found that patients who have had sunburns earlier in their childhood or young adult years were linked to having a higher risk of developing melanoma skin cancer. Women with at least five bad sunburns in their late teens were 80% more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer than those who had been more proactive in protecting their skin. This is a scary statistic, and Dr. Michael C. Margulies of Margulies Dermatology in Miami, Florida wants to educate patients on the importance of skin protection due to the skyrocketing chances of skin cancer development years down the road in both men and women with extensive sun exposure and damage.

Learn more about your risks

At Margulies Dermatology in Miami, FL, our doctor is committed to helping patients in the area understand the dangers of sun exposure. Call the office at (305) 595-0393 to schedule an appointment at our office, located at 8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite #704E.