|July is almost over, but there's a lot of summer left for going to the beach to swim, play or sit in the sunshine and relax. It feels good to be in the sun and the sun's ultra violet rays (UV) provide vitamin D, but it can also be a risk to unprotected skin.
The short term result of unprotected skin from ultra violet rays (UV) is sunburn and tanning. Long term exposure can cause premature aging, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dark patches, and skin cancer. UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. In addition, artificial sources of UV radiation - such as sunlamps and tanning booths - can also cause skin cancer.
Most skin cancers are classified as non-melanoma, usually occurring in either basal cells or squamous cells. For this year, the American Cancer Society estimates more than 1 million new cases of basal and squamous cell cancers, both of which are highly curable if detected and treated early.
The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma, which is diagnosed in more than 60,000 people each year and causes several thousand deaths. Melanoma, even though it can spread to other body parts quickly, is also highly curable if detected early and treated properly.
Check your skin regularly! The most common warning sign of skin cancer is skin change, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn't heal. Skin cancers do not all look the same. It is important to see your DMC Care doctor as soon as possible if you notice skin changes.