Skin cancer is a very common condition, especially among fair-skinned people like Caucasians. If you scan the internet for pictures of skin cancer, you will definitely be scared and look for ways how to prevent this condition. In this article, I will talk about the basics of skin cancer and some protection methods you can use to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.
Skin cancer is considered a collective term for three cancer conditions: melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell carcinoma. It is one of the most common types of cancer found among humans, and it is estimated that one million are diagnosed with the disease each year.
Among the three mentioned above, 90% of skin cancer patients have basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is caused by exposure to UV rays from the sun and tanning booths. There are already UV-free tanning booths, but still, most of these machines use UV rays to give you a naturally tanned look.
Looking at pictures of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma will appear as a small bump on the skin with visible blood vessels. Its appearance is bright and may look like me. In fact, a biopsy is required to diagnose basal cell carcinoma.
Being fair-skinned is a major risk factor when it comes to the progression of squamous cell carcinoma. A love of sunbathing and fair skin is a dangerous combination when it comes to the development of this condition. Squamous cell carcinoma also differs from basal cell carcinoma in that squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize to other parts of the body.
Of the three, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Many deaths have been attributed to melanoma compared with basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. With melanoma, you will need to observe the development of new moles or a change in the size and shape of an old mole. If this happens, consult your doctor immediately.
So, how do you protect yourself from developing skin cancer? A great tip would be to avoid the sun. But we all know that sun protection is impossible. Then the next best thing we can do is protect ourselves from the sun. You can use an umbrella, a light jacket or sweater, a long-sleeved shirt, and the like to protect your skin.
If you are a sun worshiper, you should always have a good sunscreen with you and you should know at what times of the day you should be protected from the sun. Now a lot of topics are circulating about which amount of SPF is best for sun protection. In fact, you need to have a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to adequately protect yourself. You also need to reapply from time to time to strengthen the protection. You should also avoid the sun between 11:00 and 16:00. But with today’s climate change, even the 9 a.m. sun is already painful.
Getting skin cancer is no joke. You may not notice it now because you’re young, but UV rays accumulate over time, so you should keep your sun exposure to a minimum. And never forget to bring your trusty sunscreen with you.