How to Decrease Your Skin Cancer Risks
No one can really know for
sure whether he or she will develop skin cancer. But some
activities you engage in can increase your risk of developing
skin cancer, while other choices you make can decrease your
chances of developing it. Even though you may have many risk
factors in your life, you may never develop the
On the other hand, you may be very careful about your health
choices, but still develop skin cancer in the
The good news about skin cancer is that it is rarely
fatal and skin cancer is not responsible for many deaths. It's
still important to be on the lookout for signs of skin cancer
and to treat it early though.
The biggest reason most people get skin cancer is that
they have had too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the
sun. Tanning beds can also pose a risk to people if they overdo
it in getting that attractive tanned appearance they desire.
Sun lamps too pose a health risk if used to access.
Those at greatest risk of developing skin cancer
from exposure to the sun are people with light complexions. The
kind of skin that freckles easily is at an even greater
risk when exposed to too much sun. These people often have
blonde or red hair.
Skin cancer usually doesn't show up until a person reaches
the age of 50, but sun damage is cumulative over a person's
entire lifetime. That means you should go easy on on getting
that perfect tan and be sure to use lots of sunscreen when you
are outside -- especially at the beach. Choose a
sunscreen with a high SPF value for maximum protection. Don't
forget to re-apply sunscreen as it wears off during the day.
The sun causes the most damage between the hours of 10 AM and 4
PM, so try to avoid those hours for suntanning as much as
Wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun
if you are outside a lot.
Another factor to figure in as to your particular risk
factor for developing skin cancer is your family health
history. Have other members of your family developed skin
cancer? Usually people who have skin cancer also have
family members who have had skin cancer as well.
Here's another extremely important health tip to help you
avoid skin cancer. Examine the skin on your body about every
three months to see if there are any moles or growths that are
changing in color or size or texture.
Reduce your own personal risk of developing skin cancer by
following the tips in this article. There is no ironclad
guarantee that you will never develop skin cancer, but it's
always wise to decrease your risk factor. And the tip about
examining your skin and noticing changes in suspicious-looking
growths may save you from experiencing a lot of trouble in
This health guide for helping you to avoid skin cancer risks
will also help you from forming excess wrinkles. That's because
too much sun exposure creates wrinkles over a period of
So guard your skin and enjoy the benefits of protecting
yourself from skin cancer's devastating effects.