Skin cancer is one of those cancers which could be prevented, but many of us simply do not take the necessary steps to protect ourselves.
1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common form of cancer in the nation. And it affects everyone: no matter what race, sex, or class you find yourself in. Skin cancer occurs when you are exposed to the sun and the chances are increased when you aren’t wearing sunscreen. The ultraviolet radiation that makes it through the earth’s magnetic field, through the ozone and the atmosphere hits your skin cells and may damage DNA. With damaged DNA, your cells can’t divide correctly, and they begin a runaway effect which grows into cancer. Follow these three facts you need to know about skin cancer to decrease your chances of developing it.
1. Your past may not be all in the past.
If you had at least 5 blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20, you are 80 percent more likely to get the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, in your 40’s to 60’s. Wearing sunscreen will help deter these ultraviolet rays from penetrating your skin and causing real damage.
2. Alcohol increases your risk.
Alcohol reduces the immune response to UV radiation, leading to increased cell damage and the formation of skin cancer on your body. The other factor that plays a significant role is in forgetfulness. You may have thrown back a few beers and because of this, you’ve forgotten to apply the life-saving sunscreen.
3. Don’t forget your feet!
Skin cancer can be a sneaky devil. While most forms of skin cancer appear on your nose, back, or forearm, it can appear anywhere—including places you would never give a second thought to. It’s important to remember your feet when applying sunscreen because they are as much a part of your body as your back is and may lead to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is not something that should be taken lightly. In fact, all cancers need to be taken seriously to increase your chances of survival. Make sure that you have the health insurance that fits your needs should you develop skin cancer. Contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon.