Sun-Damaged Skin May Cause Skin Cancer!

Skin CancerWelcome! This is for you readers who are in a search for short skin cancer information in a just few seconds of reading.

This passage also includes types of skin cancer and overall skin cancer statistics.

Also find out the various skin cancer facts. All this and much more!

Friend! Did you know that skin cancer is the second most common cancer in the United Kingdom, with about 40,500 new cases each year?

Among these 6,000 are malignant melanomas. Yes, about 1,500 people die from melanomas in Britain every year.

There are three types of skin cancer: the two most common are Basal Cell skin cancer and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. They are easily treated and rarely fatal. Good! But there is a third and most dangerous. Yap, the malignant melanoma skin cancer is the third type.

Watch out! There’s strong evidence that melanomas occur on sun-damaged skin and that people are particularly at risk when they have sudden, short bursts of sunlight on holidays in places where the sun is very strong. So be very careful and avoid direct exposure.

Know this! People most at risk from melanoma include those (1) with a high number of moles, (2) with red or fair hair, blue eyes, fair skin and freckles, (3) who tan with difficulty and burn in the sun, and (4) with a history of the disease in two or more family members.

More women than men get melanomas. This form of cancer occurs mainly in the 40-60 year age group, but it can strike at any age. However, children are rarely affected.

Don’t ever think that a tan is a sign of good health; it is a sign that the skin has been damaged by ultraviolet radiation.

The melanin rushes to the surface to provide protection against the next onslaught when cells are damaged by the sun. As you slowly build up a ‘protective’ tan, your skin is darkening in response to damage on top of damage.

Sad news to mankind is that over the past 60 years, damage to the planet’s ozone layer has increased and the amount of harmful radiation that reaches the skin.

Now coming to the actual cause of this disease – the UV radiation. This is made up of UVA and UVB rays. UVA ages the skin and UVB burns the skin. Both can cause skin cancer.

Careful! Don’t ever mistake that a cloudy or windy cool day UV radiation is not as high as it is not felt as heat on the skin, it may be just as high and just as damaging as on a clear and sunny day.

Good News! If detected early, skin cancer has a 99% cure rate. That sounds really great and a bit relaxing right.

According to the latest skin cancer statistics available from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the skin cancer facts are:

  • Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers in the United States.
  • More than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the US each year.
  • Melanoma is more common than any non-skin cancer among women between 25 and 29 years old.
  • Melanoma represents only 4 percent of all skin cancers in the US, but accounts for more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.
  • Most of this type of disease appears after age 50, but skin damage from the sun begins at an early age.
  • Although exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is said to be the most important factor in the cause of skin cancers, about 70 percent of American adults do not use sun-protection measures.

Therefore, keeping all this skin cancer information in mind protection should start in childhood to prevent skin cancer later in life.