Save Your Skin

posted May 27, 2010, 11:16 AM by Sara@LS

Think of your skin as a permanent outfit. Would you walk around wearing something and not take care of it? You can’t buy new skin like you can a new outfit so it is important to protect and care for it! Your skin especially needs protection from skin cancer.

 

Skin cancer develops in the tissue of the skin. It is the most widespread type of cancer and comes in several different forms. The most common forms are basal cell and squamous cell. They tend to occur on the head, face, neck, hands or arms.

 

Melanoma is another form of skin cancer. It is the most dangerous but can have a 100 percent cure rate if detected in early stages. This particular cancer begins in the cells that produce pigmentation for our skin, hair and eyes, and often shows up as a discoloration or irregularity.

 

Most skin cancers occur in older adults who have had repeated sun exposure to certain areas of their skin. Other risk factors include:

  • A weakened immune system.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun, sunlamps, tanning beds, or tanning booths.
  • Contact with arsenic in the workplace.
  • Persistent skin irritation or skin ulcers.
  • Any disease that increases skin sensitivity.
  • Radiation treatment.
  • Past or family history of skin cancer.

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, scientists are studying skin cancer to find out more about how it develops. This will help to improve prevention and treatment. Current recommendations for prevention are as follows:

  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outside.
  • If possible, steer clear of the sun during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear added sun protection to avoid harsh reflections when near water, snow or sand.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing tinted specs or sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Stop visiting tanning beds or tanning booths.
  • See a dermatologist.
  • Perform self-examinations regularly. Check for anything unusual or painful on the surface of the skin.

 

For more information about skin cancer, visit www.BlueKC.com and log in, or visit the American Cancer Society at www.Cancer.org.

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Sara@LS,
May 27, 2010, 11:18 AM
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