Many people with fair complexions are surprised to discover that skin cancer is the most common cancer to threaten their health. Interestingly, there is a very intimate correlation between the visible photo-damage (rough, leathery, wrinkled skin) and the skin cancers that you will eventually develop and your accumulated lifetime UVR (ultraviolet light rays / radiation) exposure. The number of sun-related burns and deep tans that one experiences over the years is also strongly linked to your future potential for developing skin cancers. There is a common misconception that a tan is somehow protective and healthy. There is however, no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is a sign of sun or photo-damage. In short, the common thread behind both “aging” skin and skin cancer is your cumulative UVR exposure.