It is estimated that one in seven people in the United States will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Fair-skinned people who burn easily are at higher risk, although anyone will increase their risk with every severe exposure to UV radiation from sunlight. Some researchers believe that one serious sunburn can increase the risk of skin cancer by as much as 50%. Planning a skin exam every year by your doctor is the best way to detect skin cancer early, as it is more treatable in the earliest stages. If you have experience any change in your skin surface, be sure to see your doctor to have it examined. Protection for yourself (and your children) from the sun is the best way to prevent all forms of skin cancer.