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Aggressive protection from sun is needed to fight skin cancer

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Protection from the sun

Researchers say that skin cancer is on the rise and therefore more aggressive protection from the sun is needed.


Skin cancer has been becoming an increasing problem. This is a serious matter because skin cancer is not always very easy to cure and in fact can sometimes be deadly. More aggressive measures are needed to prevent skin cancer.

Foods such as dark chocolate and green tea can help protect you from skin cancer

There are foods that can help protect you from sunburn and skin cancer, such as dark chocolate and green tea, due to their powerful antioxidant properties. Nevertheless there have been increasing rates of a serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

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Mayo Clinic reports that skin cancer has been on the rise. It has been reported by the researchers that diagnoses of squamous cell carcinoma increased 263 percent between 2000 and 2010. During this same period basal cell carcinoma diagnoses increased 145 percent.

Christian Baum, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologist and the study’s senior author, says we understand the sun and some artificial sunlight sources give off ultraviolet, or UV, rays, which can damage the skin. Over the course of time this skin damage accumulates and can often lead to skin cancer. The emergence of tanning beds in the 1980s seems to have exacerbated this problem in spite of the wide availability of sunscreens and cautionary information.

Use sunscreen everyday of the year on all skin that is exposed

It is wise to protect yourself from too much exposure to UV rays. Avoidance of tanning beds and over-exposure to the sun is advisable. Dr. Baum says that the high risk of skin cancer from exposure to the sun supports the argument to use sunscreen everyday of the year on all skin that is exposed. Even on gray days UV rays can bounce off of the snow and buildings. And these powerful rays can penetrate car windows and exposed skin even when the sun is not shining.

This study has been published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. There has been a dramatic increase in rates of skin cancer. There should be more aggressive efforts to educate people about this problem. On a daily basis attention should be paid to protecting yourself and your kids from UV rays.