Dr. Holick describes how much sun is too much, increasing a woman's risk for skin cancer.
Well, we always recommend never, ever get a sunburn. It is sunburns that are most damaging to your skin, but we know that your skin is a memory to sunlight, and so it’s true that if your face is constantly being exposed to sunlight throughout your life, your face is likely then to develop non-melanoma skin cancer, what are called basal and squamous cell cancers. These cancers are easy to detect and easy to treat if caught early.
Melanoma, like I said, is more associated with sunburning experience as a young child. If you have red hair, bad genetics, and a large number of moles on your body is the most likely reason why you have increased risk of developing that deadly melanoma.
About Dr. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.:
Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., is the Professor of Medicine of Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Holick specializes in vitamin D, calcium, bone metabolism, photobiology of vitamin, and osteoporosis. Dr. Holick is also the recipient of the American Skin Associations Psoriasis Research Achievement Award, the American College of Nutrition Award, the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and more.