Physicians at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY agree that the skin cancer which affects 1 in 5 Americans is treatable and potentially curable. Even deadly Malignant Melanoma can be cured 95 percent of the time if caught in its earliest stage.
Experts also maintain that skin cancer which starts in the topmost layer of skin (the epidermis) is jump started by UVA and UVB–damaging rays of the sun, especially when skin sustains repeated burns or consistent exposure over time. Tanning outdoors and indoors is a big culprit, so much so that the American Academy of Dermatology wants tanning salons banned as baking in tanning beds increases a person’s chances of Malignant Melanoma by 75 percent.
So what can the average person do to prevent skin cancer? Here some professional advice that’s simple to implement.
Limit sun exposure, and apply sunscreen.
Sunlight is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So get in the shade as much as possible during these hours. Outdoor workers should try to do tasks in sunny areas early or late in the day. If in the sun, limit exposure by applying a SPF 30 or higher sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin. A lotion that is water resistant and broad spectrum, protecting against all harmful radiation, should be used every 2 hours and after sweating or swimming. Covering up with long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses confers great protection for adults and kids. Newborns under 6 months old should be out of the sun altogether.
Look at your skin once a year routinely and completely.
Skin changes and renews itself constantly. Inspect it, noting freckles, moles and other spots, including their location, color and margins (borders). If color and borders change, or spots bleed or itch, show your doctor. In addition, perform a whole body skin exam on yourself yearly. Look at even the most out of the way parts–back of the head and neck, between toes and under the arms. Better yet, make a skin exam with a dermatologist an annual must. Don’t be afraid! Most skin cancers are not the potentially lethal Melanoma, but Basal Cell (which does not spread) and Squamous Cell ( that can metastasize) can be treated through the various methods available today.
Be Wise about Nutrition.
Drink plenty of water every day to stay hydrated. Seek out sources of vitamin D in food and in supplements. It keeps skin supple and healthy and seems to combat skin cancer.
The skin you are born in is the skin that protects you and makes you look like you.Take some simple steps to protect it, and prevent any occurrence of skin cancer now or down the road.
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