Friday, 8 July 2016

Use Sunscreen To Prevent Skin Cancer

Don’t forget to apply a high-quality sunscreen while having fun this summer! The incidences of skin cancer are rising and millions of cases are being diagnosed annually. In fact, the number is more than lung, colon, prostate and breast cancer cases combined. Would-be sunbathers should take special precautions.

A comprehensive skin protection regimen is essential, which includes hat/cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, seeking shade and staying away from the sun during peak hours. Clothing is, of course, the key, but if you can’t cover up all the time, sunscreen comes to the rescue. According to a recent survey, nearly 53% of people never or rarely use sunscreen. It is imperative to think about using sunscreen the way you brush, bath and groom daily.

Are sunscreens really effective?

Many sunscreen products are prepared by using different methods. Few are effective, while few are not. There are approximately 8,000 sunscreen products available in the market with different ingredients and sun protection factor (SPF).

Sun Protection
According to renowned dermatologists, it is important to choose a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. However, it depends on the amount of the sun exposure. For instance, a person exposing to the sun light for 10 minutes needs an SPF of 30, plus he/she should reapply regularly and correctly. Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult a dermatologist to know which type of sunscreen is suitable and effective.

While sunscreens with higher SPF provide more sun protection, many of them fail to block the harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks around 98%. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can protect you from UVA and UVB rays, the former being more potent.

UV rays can burn your skin and cause melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Prolonged exposure to UV rays damages the skin cells, as they have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin layers. Professionals recommended people to examine their own skin regularly. If you notice any new mole or discolouration on your skin, do not hesitate to seek medical attention.

Early detection and timely medical intervention can help cure melanoma. So protect your skin from these harmful sunrays and prevent skin cancer by using high-quality sunscreen.

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