Learn How to Cut Your Skin Cancer Risks Before It’s Too Late
Will Your Sunbathing Kill You?
Skin cancer rates are on the rise and the results can be deadly. In the UK, alone, there are over 15,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year. There the rates of skin cancer have more than doubled since the early 1990s. Find out how to reduce your risk of getting cancer – from prevention steps to mole mapping.
It is important to avoid excess sun exposure in order to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Over the years there have been huge improvements in the types and strengths of chemical sun blocks available. With ratings up to 100 SPF, it is now easier than ever to reduce your chance of being receiving too much damaging ultraviolet (UV) exposure. The trick is to apply sunscreen before you go outside and reapply it frequently. Keep in mind that sunscreen only reduces your amount of UV exposure. Stay out in the sun long enough and you could still receive a burn and increase your skin cancer risk.
Often, we only think about putting on sunscreen to prevent being burned. In fact, the best protection from the sun (other than not going outside at all) is to coverup. Long-sleeved shirts, hats, sunglasses, and long pants and skirts can offer much better protection from the sun than sunscreen. Their more comprehensive coverage also isn’t at risk of being washed away with your sweat. Keep in mind that fabrics aren’t all the same. The type of fabric and weave can make a huge difference in how effectively it blocks the sun. Select clothing designed to block the sun. These types of speciality hats, shirts, and other items have SPF ratings to indicate how effectively they provide sun protection.
- Avoid the Burn
Scientific research on the causes of melanoma continues, but the evidence so far indicates that avoiding a burn is a major factor. This means that a single day of forgotten sunscreen could increase your risk more than a numerous days, over a lifetime, exposed to sun without being burned.
- Pass on the Tanning Booth
It might have once been thought as a safer alternative but research has found that tanning booths are not a safe alternative to sunbathing. The best option is to avoid tanning altogether. Spray tans and make-up can provide a sun-kissed look without increasing your skin cancer risk like being exposed to the sun.
You can’t undo a lifetime of sun exposure in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer. The key to escaping the repercussions of your youthful sunbathing is to catch abnormal skin cells before cancer can develop and spread. The latest technology is the advanced mole mapping systems that will identify abnormal skin and track changes over time. This allows experts to catch the warning signs so that pre-cancerous cells can be removed. Traditionally doctors would manually check their patients’ skin for the signs of developing cancer. In actuality, many doctors didn’t have time to do a full evaluation during a routine physical exam. The other main problem with relying on your doctor’s exam is that one of the warning signs is changes in the appearance of skin over time. Whilst your doctor may remember you, it is unlikely he or she will remember the number and location of each of your moles next year.
That’s why mole mapping is so important. It records each mole’s location and size so that it can be compared at each subsequent mole mapping exam. This enables possible problems to be identified earlier which is vitally important in preventing the development and advancement of skin cancer. Mole mapping London skincare clinics, for example, may offer a range of options and technologies. It’s important to check to see what types of mole mapping services are offered as the technologies used vary.