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SKIN is classified by sensitivity to UV RADIATION. If you are very fair SKINNED (white skin) and tend to burn easily in the SUMMER SUN and find it difficult. People with to skin type 1 have the HIGHEST RISK of premature skin aging and GREATEST RISK of developing some form of SKIN CANCER. If you are of this type then you should LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE to the sun and always dress to minimise sun exposure, wear a hat and USE SUNSCREEN. For other SKIN TYPE from very fair to dark, please refer to the SKIN CHARTS available on the ARPANSA website based on the research of Fitzgerald.

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It is a popular misconception that only fair SKINNED PEOPLE need to be concerned about OVEREXPOSURE TO THE SUN. Nevertheless, SKIN CANCERS do occur with DARKER SKIN coloured people. The risk of UV RADIATION related health effects is independent of SKIN TYPE.