A Guide to Skin Protection

tanningPeople tend to frequent the parks right after winter to get a feel of the warm sun that comes with spring. Although many people enjoy the end of winter, to some, it is the beginning of another journey. There are some people whose relationship with the sun changes when they have to use sunscreen lotion all over their bodies to protect their skin from ultra violet rays.

It is not just a few people whose skin is susceptible to sun burns that have to glow from head to toe, but everybody who cares about their skin and wants to prevent cancer. A number of people schedule routine visits to dermatologists and find that everything is okay, until that dreadful moment when they find out that a sample patch from their skin tested positive for Melanoma.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death among skin diseases. This condition is caused by over exposure to UV rays.

When part of skin tests positive for melanoma, the best thing is to act fast. An excise surgery should be booked with a dermatologist and the skin infected plus surrounding portion removed. After all is said and done, the sun becomes something to panic about. It is important to go for yearly screens because apart from being the fastest rising form of cancer in the world, Melanoma also quickly and easily spreads to metastasize and lymph nodes.

Doctors are quick to warn that chances of recovering from skin cancer stand at 95%. Care must be taken about sheltering the body from UV rays.

Cancer Skin Care Treatments

Here are a few ways of protecting your skin from cancer caused by UV rays without changing your lifestyle:

Applying extra sunscreen is not enough, but re-applying every one to two hours works effectively. It is important to apply the lotion before you get out of the door because it needs time to dry before becoming effective.

All About SPF

When buying sunscreen, be cautious about SPF numbers. People often reach for the highest SPF they can find, despite the fact that SPF only protects from sunburn, and not from the other damaging effects of the sun’s rays. An SPF of 30 and above is recommended along with a sunscreen that features the words “broad spectrum” on the bottle which shows protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Mole Checks

Those who have never been diagnosed with skin cancer are advised to go for yearly mole checks, while those who have previously tested positive for Melanoma are required to go for mole checks every three months. Many people are unaware of the effects of UV rays on their skin and therefore never take any steps to protect themselves, leaving themselves vulnerable to skin damage.