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Skin cancer risk for children

Children are at risk for later sun exposure complications such as skin cancer as they and their parents neglect to apply sun protection, such as sun screen, long sleeved shirts and hats. Midday sun should also be avoided. Only one episode of severe sunburn can cause irreversible damage to the skin structure. Light haired, fair skinned people are at highest risk of developing skin cancer due to ultraviolet light. The most common cancers include basal cell (BCC) and squamous cell (SCC) carcinomas, which are not as fatal as melanomas. BCCs are the least fatal, presenting around 50 years of age and are slow growing, but locally invasive.

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About: Skin cancer risk for children

Date: 28 May 2005

Source: HealthDay News

Author: Dennis Thompson


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