Preventing Skin Cancer in Denver

admin November 29, 2010 0

People might think that sun is good for our skin. Yes, it is true, but only in moderation. The rays emitted from sun that are called ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UVA and UVB) rays are not good for the skin at all and both damage the skin with prolonged exposure. Indeed, it can make your skin wrinkled at an early age. It can lead to skin cancer and other skin diseases. If you visit or live in Denver, you may have realized that the sun is extremely strong here. The Denver sun is hot and potent, and you need to take some precautions before going out into the sun.

If you stay in sun for too long and too often you may suffer from skin cancer. You might not get burned, but problems can arise at a later date. Contrary to popular belief, tanning is not beneficial to your skin either.

You might think that tanning booths can help you to stay safe from the sun, but this is an invalid belief; tanning booths use ultraviolet rays. Some may say that the ultraviolet rays they use are harmless, but the truth is there is no ultraviolet ray that is harmless. All types of UVA and UVB rays are harmful to the skin and both of them can cause skin damage. UVA rays can take longer to damage the skin, but UVB rays can damage your skin in a shorter period of time because they go deeper into the skin to damage it faster. The UVA and UVB rays damage parts of the body which are exposed to the sun repeatedly like the head, neck, hands, face, back, chests of men, etc.

First of all, you have to avoid excessive exposure to the sun whenever necessary. Try not to go out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During those times the sun’s rays are the strongest. Do not use tanning booths or sun lamps as they are just as harmful as direct sun rays. Always wear sunglasses that can wrap around the side of your face and are rated to block UVA and UVB rays. Always try to have your skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year or whenever you notice a change in the appearance or feeling of your skin. If you see any part of your skin that is unusual, contact your family doctor or dermatologist immediately.

If you follow these tips to stay away from the sun as much as possible in addition to your doctor’s advice, you can probably avoid skin cancer altogether.

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