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Skin Cancer: 4 Reasons You're at Risk

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3. You've gotten a "base" tan from a sunlamp or at a tanning salon.

"There is no healthy tan," Dr. Burke states emphatically. "To have one, even a light one, is to have skin damaged by UV, so you are less able to fight off skin cancer." More alarming: If you used tanning parlors as a teen or in your 20s, your risk for melanoma spikes 75 percent, says the World Health Organization. Artificial tanning as a teen also increases your risk for squamous cell cancer.

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