Study: 5 sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 increases risk of developing skin cancer by 80 percent

Published 05/30 2014 06:54PM

Updated 05/30 2014 06:58PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A new study suggests getting a little too much sun can increase your chances of getting skin cancer by 80 percent.

Researchers at Brown University looked at the sun-bathing habits of more than 100,000 women and found those who suffered just five sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20, were 80 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The study also found the women involved in the research had a 68 percent greater risk for two other forms of skin cancer.

In the video above, NewsChannel 9's Rachel Polansky explains the findings and how you can cut your risk of developing skin cancer.

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