Monday, July 6, 2009

Skin cancer - Are people really aware of the risks and how it can be prevented?




Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United Kingdom, with more than 100,000 cases diagnosed each year. Melanoma is the least common but most serious skin cancer, with 8,000 new cases and 1,800 deaths each year in the United Kingdom. Malignant melanoma is the cancer most common among young adults aged between 15 and 34 and can be fatal. The incidence rate is more than any other cancer in the UK and experts believe that the rate doubles every 10 to 20 years in countries with white populations. There are also other diseases of the skin caused by sun exposure, including changes in skin texture, wrinkles and bruises. However, other than to stay out of direct sunlight altogether, the best prevention against skin cancer - and also the best anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatment - is to use the level of protection sun when you are in the sun.

Ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays of the sun is the main cause of most skin cancers. According Cancerbackup.org.uk cancer, the incidence of skin cancer is increasing because people spend more time outdoors, live longer and increase the amount of the durability of sun exposure, tanning and are still seen as attractive and healthy. Most skin lesions from the sun occurs before age 20. Fair skin, children and young adults are at increased risk of skin cancer. This damage does not come often, until they are well into their 40s, sometimes much later.

And increase the risk of skin cancer, sun damage also leads to premature aging of the skin, which means that the skin becomes thicker, leather and wrinkled at a younger age. Proper use of sunscreen outdoors is a better anti-wrinkle treatment than any anti-aging cream.

It is not just overexposure to sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer - sun bath are equally dangerous. Cancer Research UK has recently issued a warning to users that reads overexposure to UV radiation on tanning beds can be deadly as staying too long in the sun. According to Cancer Research UK, eight of solarium users have increased the risk of a fatal disease - the repeated use of beds by people under 35 years increases the risk of malignant melanoma by 75%
Sun beds are not a safe alternative to tanning. As the sun beds to harmful UV rays that damage the DNA in our skin cells and can cause skin cancer. The more you use a bed Sunday, the greater your risk of skin cancer. So when the tan fades, the damage would be, "says Sara Hiom, information experts on Cancer Cancer Research UK. The charity is concerned that people ignore the risks in their quest for a tan, despite the growing evidence of a link between the use and chaise longue skin cancer.

To reduce your risk of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin, follow these tips:
• Avoid the sun if possible and find the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm when it is strongest
• Wear a sunscreen of at least factor 15, even on cloudy days
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat, protective clothing and sunglasses
• Avoid the use of sunbeds Photobucket

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