Summer Warning: Skin Cancer

skin cancer

Summer has been highly anticipated all winter long and it is finally here. Families will have the opportunity to indulge in some quality time at the pool or on the beach. While soaking in the sun it is very important not to forget the cardinal rule for summer – sun blocking! Skin protection during summer is highly recommended by doctor’s nationwide, warning all summer dwellers how not to be a victim of skin cancer. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can be very harmful to the skin causing severe, sometimes deadly damage. Skin Cancer is very common among individuals who have a lighter skin tone, but the disease has the ability to affect any person of any color.

The Skin Care Foundation advises those who will be spending lengthy hours in the sun to always apply sunscreen to face, neck, hands and arms where these areas are most commonly affected. Summer warnings about skin cancer may seem annoying and repetitive, but it is something that should not be taken lightly. According to Cancer.org, skin cancer is one of the most common cancers to develop. Over 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.

Basal and squamous skin cancers tend to develop on sun-exposed parts of the skin and are not considered as serious as other cancer types such as melanoma. Melanoma begins in the skin cells where pigmentation takes place. It is one of the most harmful cases of cancer and claims more lives than any other type of skin cancer. Cancer.org predicts that melanoma will account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer in the year of 2014. Though this diseases may be cured if found in its early stages, it is wise to take proper precaution to warnings and avoid the danger of developing skin cancer this summer.

According to Webmd.com, to avoid developing skin cancer, stay out of the sun from 10 A.M to 2 P.M. These hours are usually the warmest time of day. Wear sunglasses to protect eyes as well as large brimmed hats to keep face and head protected. Sport loose-fitting clothing as opposed to tighter garments. Tight, dark or lighter colored clothing tend to absorb more ultraviolent rays. Try to avoid bleached cottons and to be on the safest side, wear long pants. Be sure to warn friends and loved ones about skin cancer this summer!

Although skin cancer is a very serious and harmful disease, it is still very possible to still enjoy the summer sun if these warnings are taken serious and followed. In the year of 2013 it was estimated that 12,650 people died from skin cancer alone. Do not allow the joy of summer to end in misery. Stock up on an endless supply of sunscreen, shop for clothes that fit loosely and comfortably as well stay away from the sun if possible! Of course it is impossible to keep away from the sun, just keep away from skin cancer, it will be well worth the effort!

By Erica Sandifer

Sources:
Cancer.org
Cancer.org2
Cancer Foundation
Medline Plus
WebMD

Your Thoughts?