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A young red-headed girl with sunburn. Over-exposure to the Sun's ultraviolet radiation has resulted in first degree burns on exposed areas of her skin. Sunburn is more common in fair-skinned people as they lack the protective pigment melanin. Repeated exposure to strong sunshine ages the skin prematurely and increases the risk of skin cancer.
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