Blistering Sunburns in Adolescence Increases Risk For Melanoma
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2014 Jun 05
The risk for developing melanoma is significantly linked with severe sunburns before age 20 years among young white women, according to recent findings.
Specifically, the risk for onset of melanoma in adulthood was increased by 80% among those who suffered at least five blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 years.
According to the research, about 24% of study participants reported suffering blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence, and roughly 10% had more than five blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 years. About 24% had utilized tanning beds.
Researchers found that there was an increased risk for all three types of skin cancer in participants who had experienced five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 years. When compared with participants who did not experience sunburn between the ages of 15 and 20 years, those with five or more blistering sunburns had a 68% higher risk for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Further, the risk for melanoma was increased by 80% in this population.
The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.