STUDY: Five blistering sunburns in late teens increases risk of deadly skin cancer by 80 percent

(WXYZ) - A new study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which is a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, finds timing and severity of sunburns may be good predictors of a person's chance of developing skin cancer.

Researchers studied more than 108,000 women over a 20-year span.

They found women who suffered at least five blistering sunburns between 15 and 20 years old were 80 percent more likely to develop the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.

The study also found severe sunburns earlier and later in life also raised the risk of other types of skin cancer such as basil cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

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