Childhood Sunburn Raises Melanoma Risk

As we enter the warmer months, remember to take extra care when it comes to your little ones. Getting sunburned causes DNA damage to the skin. Five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Chemical sunscreens may be effective in preventing sun damage, but experts caution that exposure to toxic active ingredients in chemical sunscreens negate most of the benefits. Instead, apply a mineral-based sunscreen like one of California Baby’s award-winning sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens aren’t absorbed and sit on top of the skin as a physical barrier.

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