CHESAPEAKE -- A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention on on May 29 found white women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma.
Researchers also found these women have a 68 percent greater risk for two other forms of skin cancer known as basal cell carninoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Gilbert says, "You can't make up for damage over the winter. It's a cumulative effect."
The beach was packed with people enjoying the sun Tuesday. How covered up they were told you a little about their experiences.
Bill Ratcliff rides his bike wearing a sun shirt. He has solar keratosis on his face and hands.
Margaret Osborne wears SPF 30 daily but has not been screened, despite family members having melanomas.
Ana Mulamba just learned that her dark smooth skin can get cancer. She has started to wear SPF 15.
"But that's only if I'm going to be out all day," Mulamba said.
Dr. Gilbert says if you feel a mole has gotten itchy it deserves to be investigated.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is having a free skin cancer screening session.