Skin Cancer-a Reminder

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 by: Dr. John Roberts

We need to get alerted: skin cancer is the most popular cancer. Ev ery year, more than 1,000,000 skin cancer cases are diagnosed and tens of thousands of skin cancer patients die in the U.S. alone. The number of skin cancer exceeds that of all other cancers combined. Amon g more than a million of the skin cancers, 100000 are skin cancer, the most deadly skin-cancer and there was no cure for it.

>The skin cancer risk is more serious to the children because they are young and more susceptible, and they expose to more sunlight than adults due to their extensive outdoor activities. Half o f the total life time exposure for an individual is received during his childhood. So spec ial care is needed for the children.

Us ually, skin cancers come years later after the subjects get exposed to too much sunlight. So just b ecause you do not see a skin cancer right away does not mean you are free of skin cancer risk. So careful protection is the key.

The g overnment health officials are working hard to alert people of the skin cancer risk. They try to have schools to take measures to protect students against excessive exposure to the ultraviolet light.

Both ul traviolet A and ultraviolet B can cause skin cancer, which means some ultraviolet light once thought safe can be dangerous. In the summer, it’s advised that people avoid sunlight from 10 a.m through 4 p.m. when the sunlight is strongest and you are likely to get sunburn. Sunburn can be defined as a condition that your skin receives so much sunlight radiation that a skin color change is noticeable. Rules of thumb t o avoid sunburn is, if your shadow is shorter than you are, then the sunlight is too strong and you can get sunburn. If you have to go outdoor, wear something protective such as clothes and big wide-trimmed hat to shield as much sunlight as possible. In the hottest day , the sunlight can burn your skin in a couple of minutes or less. Statistics indicate d that people get one or more blister caused by sunlight will have 2 or 3 times higher risk of getting skin cancer than the general population. Both occasional heav y exposure and mild chronic exposure can cause skin cancer.

Also keep in mi nd that ultraviolet rays exist not just in the summer, or hot days only. In the spring or even winter, you do not feel the heat when exposed to the sunlight, but the ultraviolet rays are there. You can still get sunbu rn in such cool days. So do not take the sunli ght lightly. Other than the sunlight, solar masses and solarium facilities which emit UV radiation can also constitute a serious risk for skin cancer.

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