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World Health Organization, Global burden of disease from solar ultraviolet radiation, 2006.
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Many people from the higher latitudes grill their skin intensely in the sun during their short summer holidays, but only get minimal exposure to the sun for the rest of the year. Such intermittent exposure to sunlight seems to be a risk factor. On the other hand populations with darker skin pigmentation regularly exposed to similar or even higher UV rays are less prone to skin damage.