Skin Cancer

Did you know that too much of exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun can put a dark shadow on your life’s happiness? It has been found that sunburns caused by the harmful effect of UV light can lead to the formation of skin cancer. While the tanning is a form of a protective reaction to prevent the damage to one’s skin, experts have found out that tanning too cannot protect the skin from skin cancer. Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant cancerous cells are found in the outer layers of the skin and is its warning signs can be seen when the appearance of one’s skin changes which in turn can lead to a new growth or a sore which refuses to heal. The term skin cancer can be subdivided into three categories- basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer as it can spread to one’s organs and bones.

People with light colored skin who spend a lot of time in the sunlight are more susceptible to the risk of skin cancer. While skin cancer can occur in any part of the body, it is more common to occur in places which come in direct contact with sun like face, neck, hands and arms. Melanoma is a more serious disease of the skin in which cancerous cells are found in the cells which provide color to the skin. It can spread to other parts of the body through the lymph system or through the blood. Thus, one should get it treated in its initial stages to avoid complications.

The best way to protect oneself from skin cancer, including melanoma, is by protecting oneself from the harmful effects of the sun. For this, one should use sunscreen and should avoid sunbathing and tanning saloons. In addition, one should check one’s skin for marks which do not heal and should get it checked by the doctor to track and treat the disease in its initial stages.

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