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3 Revelations that Could Affect Your Spring Break

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A Skin Cancer Diagnosis Before Age 25 Puts You at Higher Risk for 29 Other Types

For much of North America, the record cold winter of 2013-14 will be one for the history books. Now that signs of spring are finally upon us, families are gearing up for Spring Break with plans of leaving the cold, dark, overcast days in the rearview mirror and heading to locations with plenty of sunshine.

It’s fun to sunbathe, swim, ski and snowboard, but experts warn not to overdo the sun exposure. Solar radiation can damage your skin no matter the temperature outside, and getting just one serious sunburn can actually have long-lasting and dangerous consequences.

Intense, intermittent sun exposure -- the kind that leads to sunburn and the kind that’s common during a Spring Break vacation -- is linked to basal cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancer, as well as melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer.

Melanoma is now the most common form of cancer in young adults 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer in adolescents and young adults ages 15-29, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

It’s important for everyone, no matter their age or natural color, to be extra committed to protecting their skin.

Here’s 3 revelations that could affect your Spring Break.

The ‘Base Tan’ Myth

Some people believe that by beginning their tanning sessions indoors before Spring Break they are “protecting” their skin. In reality these people are laying more harm onto themselves. A tanis the manifestation of damaged skin.

Studies show that first exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75 percent.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), affiliated with the World Health Organization, published a landmark report in 2010 listing the UV radiation from tanning beds among the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation for humans, alongside radon and plutonium, as well as solar UV radiation.

This WHO report, along with the melanoma gene study, have linked UV radiation and melanoma.

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