There is definitely no holding back, summer season is finally here. So prepare those sunscreens and get the best tan to flaunt with your friends. It’s one of the best season of the year wherein we experience hot days and warmer nights. But are we prepared to also face the evil summer queen, Melanoma? Can Sunscreen provide the protection we need
WHO IS THE SUMMER QUEEN MELANOMA:
As defined by the American Cancer Society, the skin cancer Melanoma, “ is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes because most of these cells still make melanin. Melatoma tumors are often brown or black. But this is not always the case, the melanomas can also appear in pink, tan or even white. Melanoma most often starts on the trunk in men and on the legs of women, but it can start in other places. Having dark skin lowers the risk of melanoma, but a person with dark skin can still get melanoma. Melanoma can almost always be cured in its early stages. But it is likely to spread to other parts of the body if it is not caught early. Melanoma is much less common than basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, but is far more dangerous.”
HOW TREACHEROUS IS THE SUMMER QUEEN MELANOMA:
Melanoma is considered as the most common and most serious type of cancer in America. It accounts to more than 100,000 new cases since the previous years. It is estimated that this year there will be more than 76,000 cases of malignant melanoma. It had stricken also the youth ages ranging from 15 to 34. Highest melanoma case can be found in New Jersey as sun worshippers are tolerant of the effect of too much sun exposure.
Once melanoma had been staged it can be treated with surgery or your cancer care team can recommend several options like chemotheraphy, radiation and other alternatives.
The risk of having melanoma is through the excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or excessive sunburn from previous exposure. Even if sunburn fades, the damage remains and some takes years to manifest. It could be genetics too. Check your family history or you may have unusual moles.
CONQUERING THE SUMMER EVIL QUEEN MELANOMA:
- Slather a generous amount of Sunscreen:
* Use sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher. SPF 48 is strong recommended because it can block 98% of the ultraviolet rays. Anything below SPF 30 is not effective,. Mineral sunscreen is recommended because it contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The one that you can see on the noses of lifeguards. Apply fifteen minutes before going out and replace it again after swimming or excessive sweating.
* The sun is at its hottest between 10 AM to 3 PM. Minimize sun exposure. Be responsible enough to teach your kids about the effects of sunburn and apply a generous amount of sunscreen.
2. Wear a sun protective clothing. Wear a loose pants and shirt that protects your arms and legs. Don an eyeglasses and a wide brim hat. After all it is still the best and natural sunscreen ever.
In short, we can protect ourselves from this disease through our careful and conscious effort on ourselves too.
Anything under the sun is fun. It could be at the beach or just a lazy afternoon with your barbeque grill enjoying the company of friends. But let us be careful in this three- month- hot- long season as the summer evil Queen Melonoma can only be defeated by our prudence and vigilance against this malady.
Enjoy the Summer!