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Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day!

In many parts of the world, like the United States, we perceive a bronze glow as a signifier of health and youth. In reality, creating that tan and maintaining that tone is the opposite of healthy. Unprotected exposure to the sun, or even the use of tanning beds, is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Sun exposure causes skin cancer and premature again. In fact, most of what people consider to be the natural effects of aging on the skin are actually a result of sun exposure.

The sun emits ultraviolet rays, also referred to as UV rays. Ultraviolet rays slowly destroy elastin, which are little fibers found in the skin that are responsible for elasticity. As the elastin is damaged through exposure to UV rays, the fibers begin to break down and eventually, the skin develops wrinkles and starts to sag.  The sun also causes the skin to become thinner. When the skin thins, it is easier for it to bruise and tear, and it also makes it more difficult for the skin to repair itself and heal from these bruises and tears. The damage done to your skin from sun exposure usually does not become apparent until many many years later, so people sometimes don’t realize how harmful their sun exposure habits are until significant damage has already been done.

The Sun and Skin Cancer

The most dangerous consequence of sun exposure is skin cancer. People tend to have a less concerned attitude toward skin cancer for some reason. It may be because people believe that they will see the skin cancer before it develops into something life threatening. Another thought is that people believe that if they do develop skin cancer they can have the dermatologist remove it. And, you’re cured. Neither of those things is exactly true.

For starters, no person can be one hundred percent certain of everything going on with their skin. Usually, people only notice something after something has obviously changed. Also, there are plenty of places on our skin that we can’t see. As far as removal goes, yes you can have skin cancer removed. But, it can spread and become much more serious before you realize it’s there. Not to mention that skin cancer removal leaves a sometimes nasty scar. Considering that skin cancer often occurs in the places that are exposed to the sun the most (for example the side of your face that the sun hits when you’re driving), that’s something that you might want to avoid.

Skin Cancer and Sun Protection

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in America. But it’s also one of the easiest cancers to prevent with appropriate sun protection. Skin cancer occurs when abnormal skin cells begin growing at an uncontrol rate. These abnormal cells reproduce until they become a tumor. A tumor can either be cancerous, or non cancerous. Noncancerous tumors are called benign tumors, and cancerous tumors are called malignant tumors. There are three kinds of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Skin Cancer Criteria

There is a list of criteria for helping people evaluate any changes on their skin to determine whether or not something may be melanoma. The trick to remembering the criteria is as simple as the first handful of letters of the alphabet. It’s called the ABCDE rule.

  • The A in the ABCDE rule stands for asymmetry. This means that the growth is not symmetrical on both sides. If one half does not match the other, then it is asymmetrical.
  • The B stands for borders. If the growth has irregular borders, meaning that the edges seem undefined, blurry, or not a smooth line, then you should get it looked at.
  • The C stands for color. The color of melanoma may resemble something like the color of a mole, but it may also be many other colors, especially when the shades of color are uneven. If the growth is brown, black, tan, red, white or blue with some parts light or darker than the rest, you should get it checked out.
  • The D stands for diameter. Anything larger than the size of a pencil eraser needs to be evaluated by a doctor, ASAP. Any mole that has suddenly changed shape or grown in circumference should be brought to your doctor’s attention.
  • Lastly, the E stands for evolving. Any mole or growth that is changing needs to be looked at by a doctor. Those changes can be related to the color, size or shape of the mole or growth.
  • Skin Biopsies

    Skin cancer is generally diagnosed through a biopsy, which is when the doctor removes part of the growth and sends it to a lab to be analyzed for presence of cancer. If the biopsy comes back positive for cancer, aka malignant, then the doctor will develop a strategy for treating it. Skin cancer treatment is determined by a few factors, and treatment is personalized to meet the specific needs of that particular skin cancer. Depending on the type of skin cancer, there may be some fairly non-invasive treatment options. Aggressive skin cancers will require aggressive treatment.

    Remember, it’s never too late to start protecting yourself from sun exposure. You may think that the damage is done, and that there’s no point in sunscreen or hats now, but you’re wrong. Even though skin can never completely recover from skin damage, continuous and vigilant sun protection measures can allow the skin to improve over time. There are all kinds of sunscreens now for whatever your particular needs may be.

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