You might think it’s a waste of time getting sunburned, but you’d be wrong.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than 20 million Americans are estimated to suffer from sunburn.
The study is based on the results of a randomized, controlled trial that showed that over the past five years, the sun exposure of nearly 3 million Americans was associated with an increased risk of developing sunburn in the next year, up to a 2.6-fold increase.
According to the study, researchers from the University of Washington, the University at Buffalo and the University College London looked at data from more than 15 million people who participated in the Sunburn Association of America’s (SAAA) National Sunburn Prevention Study, which is the largest randomized clinical trial in the world.
They found that those with a sunburn were three times more likely to be diagnosed with sunburn-related chronic diseases, such as asthma and cancer.
Sunburn has long been recognized as a serious health issue, but the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Dermologists both warn that sunburn is often not a sign of underlying health problems, and that even those with serious skin conditions are not immune from the effects of sunburn even when they are not directly exposed to it.
While there is no scientific evidence to suggest that exposure to sunlight causes sunburn or that exposure increases the risk of getting sunstroke, the research does indicate that it is important to keep a close eye on your skin and to wear sunscreen.
The researchers caution that more research is needed to determine the actual causes of sunstroke and the best ways to prevent it.
For those who want to avoid sunburn and skin cancer, the study also recommends avoiding wearing sunblock and wearing loose-fitting clothing to minimize the risk.