Certain genes can determine which people are more at risk of getting sunburn and possibly develop skin cancer as a result..
In a trawl of the genetics of nearly 180,000 people of European ancestry in Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and United States, researchers found 20 sunburn genes.
Eight of the genes had been associated with skin cancer in previous research, according to findings published in the journal Nature Communications.
And in at least one region of the genome, “we have found evidence to suggest that the gene involved in melanoma risk… acts through increasing susceptibility to sunburns,” co-author Mario Falchi of King’s College London told AFP.
Sun exposure is critical for the body’s production of vitamin D, which keeps bones, teeth, and muscles healthy, and which scientists say may help stave off chronic diseases, even cancer.
But too much can be painful in the short-term, and dangerous for your health.