The Answer

The answer is True. Developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification system provides a ranking from 1-6 describing the typical reaction to sun exposure. Those with a skin type of 1 always burn and never tan, whereas type 6 usually never burns and never tans. Individuals with skin type of 1 or 2 need more UV protection and may be at higher risk of skin cancer. However, individuals who rank higher on the scale (5-6) can still get skin cancer and all individuals should use routine sun protection and have regular skin exams.  

Learn more about the Fitzpatrick scale and take a quiz to find out where you fall on the scale.