Many people admit that they may be slightly addicted to lying hours on end in the sun to get the perfect tan. And they also admit that they do so despite their doctors’ warnings about skin cancer risk associated with their favorite summer pastime.
Skin cancer experts caution that you can still get skin cancer even though you may pay your dermatologist a visit every now and then to check your moles. And what’s more disturbing, these “sun-tan addicts,” most of them belonging to a generation when getting as brown as one could get was a sign of being extra healthy, often overlook sun protection products.
One of them acknowledged that she doesn’t apply a SPF product every time she comes out of the water and after a couple of days of lying in the sun the SPF lotion sinks into oblivion.
Yet, skin cancer is no joking matter. Plus, rates are climbing worldwide. According to a British research released earlier this month, more than 10,000 Britons in their mid-50s and older learn that they have fatal skin cancer, also known as melanoma, every year.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of the disease and its rates among the middle- and old aged have skyrocketed 155 percent in just two decades. In young adults, melanoma rates jumped just 63 percent over the same time period.
Experts believe that the incidence of the fatal disease is so high among older generations because they lived in the times of a boom in cheap holiday packages and still believe that getting sun-tanned to ashes is a valid raison d’être.
Doctors explain that safe sun-tanning is a myth nowadays especially for those with a fair skin complexion and or light eyes. People with light eyes are at a higher risk of sunburn and skin cancer because their skin has lower levels of melanin than the brown eyed, doctors explained.
In some cases, kicking the habit of sun-bathing is as beneficial to one’s health as quitting smoking. But before doing that, people need to understand the nature of tanning. According to dermatologists, tanning is the body’s means of protection against harmful UVB and UVA rays. Furthermore, because ultraviolet B-rays are a mutagen they can actually alter DNA.
In response, the human body fights off mutations by removing mutated strands but it sometimes misses them. And when enough mutations accumulate, you develop skin cancer.
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