Healthy Ways To Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer

Most people love to get a little sun, especially in the warm summer months. And sun has been thought to make us feel happier and more relaxed. But the benefits could come at a cost. 

Did you know that more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. yearly, with over 90 percent of them being caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVR)? And get this -most of the skin deterioration we often associate with aging, such as wrinkles, leathering, sagging and discoloration -are UVR-related.

So, whenever you go out into the sun, be smart about it. Use the following helpful tips to enjoy the sun and keep healthy at the same time.

Get In The Shade Between 10 AM and 4 PM

These are the hours when the sun’s rays are normally the strongest. If you’re outdoors, head under a shady structure like a tree or carry an umbrella. Take advantage of early morning and late afternoons to do your favorite outdoor activities.

Did you know that even a single sunburn can increase your risk of developing melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer? And get this- suffering five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk! So do your best to not stay too long out in the sun, and be sure to act quickly when you notice your skin turning red. Getting in the shade as soon as possible is the healthiest thing you can do for your skin at that point.  In reality, tans aren’t ever safe, regardless of whether they’re received at the salon or at the beach. 

Avoid Tanning Beds

Although tanning salon employees may claim that their new bulbs are safe and that people need some UV exposure for vitamin D, neither remark is true.

Normally, it is much safer to receive vitamin D through D rich foods , like salmon and orange juice. The new high pressure sunlamps that are used in tanning beds actually emit UVR quantities as much as 12 times that of the sun! When unprotected skin is exposed too much to UVR, it actually damages your DNA. While tans are often glorified, they are actually your skin’s best attempt to keep damage from occurring. By creating a darker skin coloring, your body is attempting to guard itself from further harm.  Damage that has already taken place to the skin can lead to changes in skin cell DNA. Even an occasional sunbed use almost triples your chances of getting melanoma. Those most sensitive to the ill effects of sun and tanning booth damage are young people, especially teenagers. 


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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