Many of us have heard or read about skin cancer. There are some of us who have a little understanding of the disease and sadly there are some who just don’t care enough to care about preventing getting skin cancer. The number of people diagnosed with skin cancer is climbing higher and this is staggering considering the fact that this disease is preventable.
First off, let us get a better understanding of the disease.
Just What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer happens when cancerous or malignant cells form in the skin tissues. There are factors that can put you at a higher risk of getting skin cancer including having radiation treatments and prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
Can Skin Cancer Be Cured?
If diagnosed and treated early, the prognosis for skin cancer is usually good. Treatment for skin cancer is commonly through surgery. Most of the time, the cancer is removed through biopsy and usually there is no further treatment necessary. Sadly some people have died from this disease. If skin cancer is detected at a later stage, there is lesser chance for treatment to completely or effectively remove the cancer.
Prevention is Always Better than Cure
The good news is skin cancer can be prevented. Time and time again, it has been proven that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. To prevent skin cancer you must practice healthy skin habits. Since we have learned that the sun’s UV rays is one of the key players in the development if this disease, the smart thing to do would be to practice sun protection habits.
Practice Sun Protection Habits
- Lather on sunscreen lotion at least half an hour before going out the door and reapply at least after every 2 hours or earlier if necessary. Make this a daily habit whatever the season may be. Even if you are staying indoors, you should actually also apply sunscreen on your skin. This is because UVA rays can still penetrate through the windows, your windshield and clothing made of light material.
- Choose a sunscreen lotion with both UVA and UVB protection.
- See to it that you pick a sunscreen product with at least an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Do your best to stay indoors at the hours when the sun’s rays is at its strongest. Midday or from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. is when the sun’s Ultra Violet radiation is at its strongest.
- If you can’t avoid being outdoors for a long time and during the peak hours of UV rays, then remember to reapply sunscreen lotion more often and wear long sleeves and long pants, a hat, more preferrable a wide-brimmed one and of course a pair of dark sunglasses.
- Don’t forget to protect your lips. Your puckers need protection too. Apply a lip balm with sunscreen.
- It is also smart to stay away from tanning beds as they also emit harmful UV rays!
Aside from protecting your skin, love your skin by eating antioxidant-packed foods as well as applying antioxidant loaded Moroccan Argan oil on the skin regularly. Antioxidants effectively ward off the harsh effects of free radicals such as UV radiation.