When we step out under the sun, we may feel invigorated and happy, but our skin cells may be silently suffering.
Skin cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the skin cells, affecting millions of people every year. But the good news is that in many cases, skin cancer can be prevented or detected early by taking some simple precautions.
Whether you're a sun-loving beachgoer or an office worker who occasionally goes outside, understanding skin cancer risk factors, symptoms, and prevention measures can be a game-changer for your health.
Let's start with the basics. Skin cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of skin cells. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types, while melanoma is less common but more dangerous.
The risk factors for skin cancer include exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds, having fair skin, a history of sunburns, a weakened immune system, and a family history of skin cancer. And while skin cancer can affect anyone, it is more common in people over the age of 50 and those with a history of skin cancer.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from skin cancer? The first and most important step is to limit your exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. This means avoiding the sun during peak hours, which are typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
You can also seek shade whenever possible, wear protective clothing, and use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
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PREVENTION® DAILY PERFECTING PRIMER SPF 50
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PREVENTION+® SUN SERUM SPF 30 UNTINTED
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PREVENTION® CLEAR SOLAR GEL SPF 30
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Prevention + Sun Serum SPF 30 Tinted
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Another important step is to regularly check your skin for any irregularities or changes. This includes:
spots on your skin
looking for any changes in size, shape, color, or texture.
We know that talking about skin cancer may sound scary or uncomfortable, but it's crucial to educate yourself and your loved ones about this topic to reduce the risk and spread awareness.
So, WEAR SUNSCREEN! The more the better!
Remember: The best beauty secret is sunscreen!