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Doctors Say Justin Bieber Could Save Lives

Justin Bieber performs at his 'My World Tour' at Nokia Live on July 20, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Dermatologists argue boys who sport these bangs to look like the pop star tend to have fewer freckles on their foreheads – a risk factor for skin cancer

While some shake their heads at Justin Bieber’s recent antics, dermatologists say his biggest lapse in judgment was nixing the bangs.

An editorial in the July 2014 issue of JAMA Pediatrics (the Journal of the American Medical Association) touts the photoprotective effect of the bowl cut and bangs that sweep across the forehead, arguing young boys sporting this hairstyle to look more like Bieber seem to develop fewer freckles on the forehead — signs of skin damage and a risk factor for skin cancer.

“For the past few years, we have embraced this hairstyle in our teenage patient population to encourage discussion of sun protective measures,” write Crystal Agi and Bernard Cohen, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”It is believed that the majority of an individual’s lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence, making diligent sun protection during these years critical.”

The best part: The doctors are billing this outlook as the new “Big Bang Theory.”

(h/t New York Daily News)

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