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  • Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage the skin and eyes and cause skin cancer, including dangerous melanoma.
  • Each time you expose your skin to UV radiation, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • You don’t have to be sunburnt to increase your risk of skin cancer.
  • Sunburn can start to occur in as little as 11 minutes and, depending on the severity, can take a few days or weeks to heal.
  • There is no cure for the symptoms of sunburn except time and patience.
  • Mild sunburn can be treated at home, but severe and blistered sunburn needs prompt medical attention.

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Reviewed on: 21-02-2024