People of all ages should protect their skin, especially children to avoid skin cancer. The amount of sun exposure during childhood increases the chances or risk of developing skin cancer in adult life. The skin of children is far more sensitive and easily damaged by the sun. Be concerned and careful with children in the sun, and keep babies out of the sun completely. Be vigilant about sun protection!

According to the Fitzpatrick Scale, a classification of skin types and how they respond to ultraviolet (UV) light rays some skin types or colors will burn easier than others. Types I through III, or those fair skinned, red or blonde hair, blue eyes, and freckles are the most sensitive and likely to burn. Types IV through VI, or those who have browner skin tones are more prone to tanning, however still need to protect from the sun or UV rays.

Other factors that are linked to developing skin cancer are:

• Having lots of moles.People of all ages should protect their skin, especially children to avoid skin cancer. The amount of sun exposure during childhood increases the chances or risk of developing skin cancer in adult life. Be vigilant about sun protection!
• Having a history of a skin cancer of any type, including a family member.
• Having albino skin, a very white colored skin with no melanin.
• Having vitiligo, patches of very white having no melanin.
• Scars on the skin from burns, scratches or lesions
• A weakened immune system.
• Some medications that are effected from sun exposure.
• Employment that involves being outdoors.
• Sun exposure!

Think Sun Smart! Avoid excessive sun exposure as much as possible, moderation is good and less is best. Always remember to use sun protection which includes; sunscreens, sun protection clothing, sunglasses, wide rimmed hats and neck guards too.