By Peter Russell
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Rob Hicks, MD
July 9, 2015 -- Doctors are warning of a dangerous new craze called "sunburn art" that's said to be growing in popularity among young people.
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Some of the results have been posted on social media sites such as Instagram.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has issued a warning about the dangers of sunburn. Apart from being painful, too much sun can cause DNA damage to the skin, speed up skin aging, and raise your risk of eventually getting skin cancer.
"Sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent," says Deborah Sarnoff, MD, Skin Cancer Foundation vice president, in a statement. "On average, a person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns."
The foundation recommends you use sunscreen and protective clothing, and stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
SOURCES: Skin Cancer Foundation. Instagram.
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