Protection from Skin Cancer - Common Misconceptions
Debunking five erroneous ideas about protection from skin cancer
by Emily Clark
Consider these two people and their skin: Kayla spends most of her summer by the beach. The climite
she lives in is mild. Kayla is athletic. She enjoy the physical activites of swimming, biking and
outdoor games. Kayla is aware of dangers of the sun. So she chooses to get her 'golden glow' from a
tanning salon, while being sure to apply sunscreen every day before heading out.
Paul lives in a cooler, more northern climate. Here the summers are
very humid, although most of the year the temperature is mild and rarely below freezing
in the severest winter months. The beach has never been an attraction
to him. Truthfully, he spends most of his time doing indoor
activities or at his office job. Paul doesn't worry about using sunscreen.
He did have one sunburn which he remembers occured when he was but a kid.
Do either of these two people seem a little bit like you? Both
Kayla and Paul are at risk to develop skin cancer!
You have heard the warnings about the dangers of
sun exposure. And you know the importance of wearing sunscreen
and hats. But there is a good chance that you still have some misconceptions about protecting
yourself against skin cancer. Let's clear up some of the confusion:
MISCONCEPTION ONE: Tanning Beds are Safer than the Sun.
20 minutes of exposure in a tanning bed is the rough equivalent of
four hours of being in the sun. While sun beds use UV-A (Ultraviolet light-A) rather than UV-B
(Ultraviolet light-B) rays, a cancer reference book,
'The Skin Cancer Answer' says that
"UV-A penetrates more deeply into the skin than UV-B, can cause skin cancer, and may
suppress the immune system." Clearly getting a tan either under the sun or at a tanning salon
raises the risk of skin cancer.
MISCONCEPTION TWO: Wearing Sunscreen, Only at the Beach, is Enough Protection
85 percent of UV rays make it through to your skin on cloudy days.NO matter what the
weather like during the day, you are equally at risk in the car, walking the dog or
when your children are out playing - even when you're not at the beach.
Of course, at the beach, you are normally less attired. Bring with you "covering up clothes" to put on
to minimize your exposure. Even when wearing sunscreen, oversized longsleeve cotton shirt and sweat pants,
for example, can pbe put on after you 've been in the sun for awhile. Remember, sunscreen wears off when
you sweat or go into the water and should always be applied every two hours or after getting wet.
sunscreen should be applied year round before you venture out into the day's activites.
"Skin Cancer Advice" |
Melanoma Can Be Beaten, 7 Survivors Tell How They Beat Melanoma, Even At Stage 4.
Common questions about melanoma...
For more information, go to
Skin Cancer Advice.
- How do I know if I have melanoma? What are the signs and symptoms?
- What are the stages of the disease?
- How is melanoma normally treated?
- What alternative treatments are available?
- What are the latest treatments being developed, and who is carrying out clinical trials of
these new treatments?
MISCONCEPTION THREE: Taking Care Of Your Skin Now, Will Keep You Safe From Skin Cancer
Plan on protecting your family this year. Limit exposure to the sun - especially for infants.
Examine your skin for early signs of damage. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and apply it at
least 30 minutes before exposure and every two hours after that. Instruct your
children to form good sun safety habits. And be sure you and they are covered up when outdoors.
Sadly, skin cancer can take 20 or more years to develop. The Skin
Cancer Foundation states that most people receive about 80
percent of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18.
Just one blistering sunburn in childhood is estimated to double
the risk of melanoma later in life. Protecting yourself now is a must do thing, and will
reduce the risk for the future, but today's application of sunscreen does not eliminate the damage
already done. That is why it is so important to make sure your children practice good sun protection
MISCONCEPTION FOUR: Having a Tan Means You're More Protected
Dark skinned individuals are less likely to develop cancer, but
tanned skin is actually damaged skin. And repeated tanning injures
the skin and ups the risk of skin cancer. Note that darker pigmentation does not
prevent people from getting sunburned. Everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun
to lower the risks of melanoma.
MISCONCEPTION FIVE You Can't get Burned on Overcast Days
Just because the sun is hidden by some cloud does not mean that
the harmful effects of the sun's rays are gone. While some UV rays are reflected
by clouds, most get through to reach your skin. And during the winter months, guess
What? Those UV rays are still pouring down on you. Sunscreen any exposed skin, all year round.
About the author: Emily Clark is editor at
Lifestyle Health News and
Medical Health News
where you can find the up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.
"Cancer - Step Outside The Box"|
In this e-book, Step Outside the Box is revealed the most potent and well-proven alternative
strategies for preventing and treating cancer... without surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation
(i.e. the "Big 3")
For more information, go to
Cancer - Step Outside The Box.
- Discover the truth about the Cancer Industry's suppression of natural cancer treatments and
persecution of honorable physicians who use these treatments.
- Learn about the "banned" vitamin which costs less than $20 per month which can be taken as
a "preventative" and will virtually eliminate the chance of getting cancer.
- Discover the #1 nutrient that's chronically deficient in nearly all cancer
patients (and how you can get this vitamin absolutely free for a lifetime!)
- Learn which 3 foods skyrocket your risk of cancer (You're probably eating these foods every single day...)
- Discover which foods are an essential part of your "cancer fighting arsenal"
- Find out which "backyard weeds" actually kill cancer cells, and learn how to brew them into a tea which you can drink daily
- Discover the truth about how we are poisoning our children with vaccinations
- Find out the frauds about fats and learn which healthy fats actually make you skinny and also slash your cancer risk
- Get the scoop on how to trick your cancer into gobbling up toxic chemicals and self-destructing.
- Learn which foods contain phytochemicals that literally suppress the growth of cancer cells.
News About Skin Cancer
Scientists shocked by skin cancer discoveryBABW NewsAn alarming new report from the Mayo Clinic claims that you are way more likely to get skin cancer than you realize. The study found that new diagnoses of two types of skin cancer have been increasing over recent years, raising your risk of getting the ...
Artificial intelligence can aid skin cancer preventionStuff.co.nzKiwi skin cancer check app, Firstcheck has partnered with artificial intelligence health app Your.MD, to allow smartphone users to get in touch with skin specialists without entering a clinic. With this partnership, Your.MD's machine-powered health ...
TSN broadcaster devoted to melanoma fightToronto SunWheeler was 25 when he was blindsided the first time - “I knew nothing about melanoma. Who'd think skin cancer can kill you? It can! It starts on skin, goes into blood stream and then into lymphatic system and then spreads to your organs and inevitably ...and more »
Legal Disclaimer: THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT EVALUATED THE STATEMENTS MADE ON THIS SITE.
ANY PRODUCTS DISCUSSED ON THIS
WEBSITE ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY SPECIFIC DISEASE.
The information is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a
substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed medical professional. The
information is provided to support your informed consent to any treatment program you may decide