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Fair-skinned people who burn easily are most at risk for sun damage and skin cancer. However, while it’s true that darker-skinned people have more natural protection, they still do get skin cancer. Everyone should protect themselves when they’re out in the sun.

If you work outdoors, you have a higher risk for developing some types of skin cancer because you are regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Often this exposure happens during those times in the day when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is at its strongest, between 11 am and 3 pm.

Children and teens are especially at risk for permanent sun damage. Research shows that excessive or prolonged UV exposure during childhood or adolescence contributes to a higher risk for basal cell cancer and melanoma (compared to exposure in adults). This is why the World Health Organization recommends that no one under the age of 18 use a tanning bed.