The summer has many people bathing in the sun for hours, neglecting completely the news related to skin cancer and to the fact that extensive exposure to the sun is linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma.
Moreover, there is a new trend out there. There are many people who have decided to go for sunburn art and lay in the sun with a pattern of some sort covering part of their skin, so that the tan forms the desired design by contrast.
Even if that is fashionable nowadays and it might look cool, you should know that dermatologists say that it is completely unhealthy and very dangerous. Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff from the Skin Cancer Foundation is one of them. She stated that sunburn art means that the skin is exposed to intensive sunburn and can increase people’s chance of developing melanoma:
“This might cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increases your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increase lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns,” she explained.
Dr. Chritopher Obeime, from St. Vincent Health strongly advises against such trends as well, saying that the fad can increase the risk of developing melanoma by as much as 50 percent and lead to premature skin ageing due to the fragmentation of collagen tissue. This will give the skin an older look in the future.
Most experts have become increasingly worried not only about this trend, which is regarded as reckless, but about sun exposure in general. People should avoid sunbathing in order to get a tan, just as much as they should avoid tanning places.
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is the number one enemy of the skin. Many people are perfectly aware of that but they chose to neglect it, maybe thinking that aesthetics is way more important than health.
However, if we do chose to lie in the sun, we should always wear sunglasses to protect our eyes, summer caps or hats for our heads and plenty of sun block cream with an SPF of 30 or more. It is also advisable that we use umbrellas and we avoid sun exposure at noon or in the early hours of the afternoon.
Especially children should be taken extra care of, given the fact that they are more sensitive and likely to be exposed. Sun block should be applied before sun exposure and after bathing in the water.
Always make sure you use sun block before you get out of the house, especially on your face and arms, even if the destination is not the beach.
The American Cancer Society estimates that the number of cases of skin cancer in the United States will be around 73,000 and the number of deaths associated with it will be up to 10,000.
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