New research reveals a woman's risk of Melanoma is strongly linked to her sun exposure in early life, rather than adulthood.

The study found Caucasian women who had five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 had an 80-percent increased risk of Melanoma and a 68-percent increased risk of basal or squamous cell carcinomas.

Experts say too much sun exposure is harmful at any age, but parents should be vigilant in protecting their children.