One single sunburn increases your risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer, among other cancers, is a scary thought but more common than you would expect. It’s the most common form of cancer with one in five Americansdeveloping it over the course of a lifetime. Over 3.5 million people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancereach year in the U.S.
Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells that develop on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. Although those with fairer skin who sunburn easily are at a higher risk, skin cancer does affect all colors and races. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Each year, there are more skin cancer cases than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer.