Most of us love to relax in the sun and it is often easy to forget the damage that it can do. Most age-related skin changes such as wrinkles and tough skin are the result of exposure to UV rays. And every bit counts. So here is how to reduce your chances of skin cancer:
- Stay in the shade. UV rays are at their strongest between 10 am and 4pm. Where possible, stay in the shade at these times, and if you do go out try to keep covered up.
- Don’t burn. Every time you burn, even a tiny bit, yu increase your risks of developing skin cancer. Burning 5 or more times doubles your lifetime risk of developing a melanoma (skin cancer). If you start to go red, take cover.
- Avoid tanning beds and booths. Ok, so maybe you look and feel better when you are tanned. But a tan is your body’s way of protecting you from the dangerous UV rays present in sunshine and tanning beds. Your skin darkens to add an additional layer of protection against harmful rays. Tanning beds and booths emit much higher levels of UV rays than the sun and it is rarely a good idea to use these facilities, unless recommended by a doctor for certain conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis.
People who regularly go to the tanning salon are 2.5 times as likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, and 1.5 times as likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Young people are more susceptible to damage from tanning booths.
- Cover up. By wearing a hat, glasses and long sleeved top you can eliminate most of the sun’s harmful rays. Even if it is hot, try to wear light cotton shirts, which only let in around a fifth of UV rays.
- Use Sun Cream. It may be a pain, and it may be easy to forget, but using sun cream every day will help to protect your skin from burning and prevent skin cancer. You will still get a tan, but it will be a gentler tan that is likely to last longer without burning. Use a minimum of factor 15 and apply it half an hour before you go out in the sun.
Factor 15 sun cream will allow you to stay inn the sun for 15 times longer without burning; factor 30, 30 times and so on. Look for broad spectrum sun cream that blocks UVA rays as well as UVB rays; it is the UVA rays that cause the deep tissue damage and cause aging.
If you have delicate skin that burns rather than going brown, or if you have a photosensitive condition like lupus you should choose high factor sun creams (30 and above).
By making sure you don’t burn, and by using high factor sun cream if you are out in the middle of the day you will be able to make the most of the sunshine and enjoy yourself, without putting yourself at risk of cancer.
At Angeles Health we are passionate about helping people to live happy, healthy lives. WE help people to recover from cancer, naturally, whilst still living their life to the max. as ,well as offering a range of healthcare treatments in our hospitals, including we aim to educate patients on the causes of cancer and on what they can do to optimize cellular health and to help prevent cancer and prevent relapses.
Our Functional Oncology program is a unique 5 step program that helps our patients to beat cacner. Functional Oncology has proved in most cases to be more successful than conventional cancer treatment and has also helped to treat cancer patients where conventional treatment alone has failed. With high survival rates for a range of cancers including breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer we help patients to beat cancer, naturally, for good.
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