As summer is fast approaching, American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared May 22 the “Don`t Fry Day” and its purpose is to raise awareness regarding the increased number of skin cancer cause by sun exposure.
Skin cancers caused by sun exposure can be prevented very easily by following the guidelines presented during the “Don`t Fry Day” and as studies show, apparently age doesn`t make you necessarily wiser, because people aged 50 or more defies sun exposure regulations more than any other age group.
Studies show that more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancers will be diagnosed this year following reckles exposure to sun rays and while most of these cancers will be basal cell carcinoma ( a more curable type of cancer), 2% of those new cases will be of melanoma, which is the deadliest type of cancer.
Most of the damage that UV rays produce on skin cells, comes from incautious sun exposure during peak midday hours: 10 a.m – 4 p.m. and as any dermatologist would tell you, a great summer tan is no reason to play Russian roulette with skin cancer.
In order to make it easier for people to remember the right way to protect their skin during summer months, the American Cancer Society came up with an easy catchphrase to remember: “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!”, the longer version of this catchphrase goes something like this:
– Slip on a protective shirt
– Slop on your skin 30 SPF UV cream whenever you are exposed to the sun
– Slap a hat on your head
– Wrap a pair of good quality sunglasses around your eyes to protect them from the UV light
The ACS also came up with an acronym to help people evaluate their moles and decide when it`s time to go see a dermatologist: The ABCD rule
A as in Asymmetry: if you have a lot of moles and one does not match the shape of your other moles
B as in Border: if one of your moles has irregular or ragged borders
C as in Color: if your mole has more than one color on it ranging from pink to black
D as in Diameter: most melanoma moles are larger than 1/4 of an inch, but then again this is not always the case
Dermatologists also advise that you pay a visit to their office whenever a new suspicious lesions appears on your skin as it may save your life. This are the guidelines you should keep in mind whenever you leave the house in order to prevent cancerous lesions.
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