The Real Danger of Choosing Not to Wear a High SPF Sun Cream – Malignant Melanoma

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Are you one of those refusing to wear high SPF sun cream because you’re scared that you won’t get a good enough tan? After reading this, you will be rummaging around in your cupboards for the highest you can find and will realize that pale is better. With climate change on the incline, who knows when there’s going to be a heat wave? With the worst droughts the US have ever seen this year to extreme heat waves in England, you have to protect yourself from the unexpected UV rays and always be prepared.

Experts currently advise to avoid direct sun exposure starting from 11am to 2pm everyday, especially during peak summer season. This usually applies to those living in the tropics, closer to the equator but as mentioned above with the odd change in climate it seems the whole world has access to the sun now!

One common health condition that arises from refusal to wear high SPF cream is skin cancer. There are two primary forms of skin cancer – malignant melanoma and non-melanoma.

Whom does Malignant Melanoma affect? Cases of malignant melanoma or ‘cancer in moles’ are found in 1 of every 10,000 people residing in the UK alone. In addition, a staggering death toll of 1,500 people is reported each year in the country, associated with malignant melanoma.For both types of skin cancer, sun radiation is a major contributing attribute that is found to cause 90% of cases of skin cancer. Age is of infinitesimal value when it comes to skin cancer, and people of all ages are equally prone to contract the condition. Individuals who are exposed to enormous amounts of the sun’s UV rays can develop skin cancer in as early as 20 to 30 years old, yet the condition is seen more often in people of older ages. Signs, symptoms and treatment regimen will rely mainly upon the kind of skin cancer being treated.

Malignant Melanoma- Malignant melanoma isn’t simply a condition you contract from not wearing high SPF sun cream while playing outside in the hot sun or lying on the beach. It is best defined by first stating what the disease really is:

  • Malignant melanoma is a kind of skin cancer that starts off in the skin’s pigmented cells.
  • Oftentimes, malignant melanoma begins in moles or in body parts of skin free from blemishes.
  • In rare instances, the tumor may initiate within the respiratory tract, intestinal system, eyes, and nose or even in the nervous system in which case extensive treatment is imperative.
  • Between the two forms of skin cancer, malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type. In fact, the patient’s risk of survival usually relies on early diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of Malignant Melanoma- Common symptoms of melanoma include:

  • Inception of tumours that are either brown to black or blue to orange in color.
  • Itchy moles.
  • Appearance of blood blisters.
  • Cancer moles can be found anywhere in the body, yet the usual locations of these cancer moles are at the back, legs and shoulders.

Causes of Malignant Melanoma-  Malignant melanoma is more commonly induced by excessive exposure to sunlight, mainly the UV rays.  With this fact pointed out it is easy to see that the condition can be prevented. From simply staying within shaded areas during peak hours to applying high SPF sun screen before leaving the house, preventive measures are effortless to practice, but can bring tremendous benefits for long-term. The danger of developing malignant melanoma is dramatically increased after a series of sunburn. However, the condition will only become apparent in later years. On the other hand, hereditary ailments may also bring about malignant melanoma, yet such contributing factor is only found in a small number of reports.

Practice Sun Safety – Stay Skin Happy!

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Hello! My name is Micheala and I am a freelance writer. I currently specialize in writing articles regarding health matters. A particular focus of mine at the moment is dental hygiene. I enjoy writing about natural remedies for treating the teeth, including how nutritional foods can dramatically enhance teeth whiteness and overall oral health. I also write articles and blogs on dental treatments and cosmetic dental surgery.

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