Summer Time Dangers – Skin Cancer

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Ultraviolet rays cause skin damage

BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Ultraviolet rays are increasingly controversial because sometimes they can cause skin damage which leads to skin cancer. Even though they give us a pleasant, tanned appearance, we shouldn’t ignore their dangerous long term effect.

Summer is upon us, and extra sun exposure cannot be avoided. It is hard to see skin damage, at first. But it’s beneficial to look out for it, as it can, in some cases, lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is a highly curable, very common cancer, which develops primarily because of too much sun exposure.

However, there are techniques proven to work, to avoid skin cancer completely. Dr. Brian Harris believes that sunscreen is the skin’s best friend when it comes to UVA& UVB protection. We must choose a good quality sunscreen, with a broad spectrum, and use specific techniques that make it more effective.

The sun lotion must be put on the skin half an hour before you leave the house, and reapplied every 60 minutes or so, also if you’re toweling it off or getting wet.

It is also recommended to stay in the shade, especially during peak hours of sunlight (10 am -4 pm). Putting on light clothing is another way of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Wearing a sun hat and sunglasses is useful too when going to the countryside, swimming pool or the beach.

People are advised to use broad range sunscreens which have at least SPF 15 or even waterproof sunscreens with SPF 30 for those who work outdoors.

Tanning beds are another dangerous factor for skin cancer, doctors warn. Because the tanning is so intense in these beds, it destroys skin cells and their capacity to repair themselves, resulting in wrinkles, skin aging, age spots, or skin cancer.

 It is important that people stop getting tans, even though it looks healthy, it can lead to multiple diseases and skin conditions, such as a 75% increased risk of melanoma (a type of skin cancer).

A professional annual skin exam might save your life. It could detect skin cancer tumors on time. Examine your skin and check for bleeding, itching, color changing spots or irregular spots. If you have any of these, see a dermatologist as soon as possible, says Dr. Gale Burstein, health commissioner.

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