Study: Too much sun especially dangerous for babies

June 6, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Doctors say their sensitive skin hasn't developed enough layers of natural protection to withstand intense summer rays.

Scientists reporting in the July issue of Pediatrics

say sun-related changes that occur as early as the first year of life may trigger a cascade of reactions that could lead to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer later in life.

They add that ultra-violet radiation can suppress the immune system and damage skin cells, and that's a process that could happen more quickly in babies than in adults.

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