All of us have waited with bated breath for winter to end and sunny spring and summer days to begin. Here we are. However, we often forget about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. This danger is year-round, not just in the summer. The danger of excessive sun exposure is major because it can actually be fatal if not detected and treated. Learn how to recognize and reduce the danger.
How many times have you given a compliment or even smiled when you received a compliment about a healthy and glowing tan? Keep in mind that a tan is not a sign of health, it is the skin's response to being damaged and injured.
People who get sunburned as children are the most likely to get skin cancer as adults. The good news is that the risks can be prevented.
Although people of all ages visit tanning salons, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults (under 29). It is often attributed to tanning bed usage. 100 percent preventable.
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All skin colors (even people of color) can be damaged by UV exposure. Although rare, melanoma and other skin cancers can occur in people with darker skin tones. It is usually on the palms and soles of the feet. Many people don't realize that Bob Marley died of melanoma that started under one of his toenails and spread simply because he refused to get treatment.
Quoted in a health.com article, Dr. Angela J. Lamb, MD, assistant professor of Dermatology of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, advises sunscreen use daily, year-round. She advises people to make it a part of their daily routine, like brushing their teeth.
During your annual skin screening, make sure your doctor photographs suspicious moles for year-to-year comparison.
What's on the market to help you enjoy outdoor activities and stay safe from the sun's dangerous rays?
Don't take the dangers from the sun's rays for granted. Don't ignore the long-term and life-changing damage in the name of looking pretty. It is not worth it. Utilize the innovative products that are on the market to make it safer and easier to enjoy beautiful sunny weather without the risk.
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