Things we get wrong about skin cancer - Alpha Male Nation
4 Things Every Guy Gets Wrong About Skin Cancer
Most people consider skin cancer to be less scary than other cancers, even though it is the most common cancer. Doctors diagnose about 5.4 million squamous and basal skin cancers every year. The deadliest kind of skin cancer is melanoma. This cancer begins in the melanocytes. The other types of cancer include skin lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, skin adnexal tumors, skin lymphoma and Kaposi sarcoma.
One of the main risk factors for skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, lamps and tanning beds. You can also be at an increased risk of developing skin cancer if you have suffered serious sunburns in the past, if you have unusual or multiple moles if your immune system is weakened and if you have a family history of skin cancer.
Doctors are able to treat most people who have skin cancer if they detect it early. A few people suffer long-term complications due to skin cancer. It is important to learn about the misconceptions that men have about skin cancer so that you can protect yourself. They include the following:
A base tan can protect you
Almost fifty percent of men believe that if they have a base tan, their skin will not burn. However, this is not true. When you expose your skin to the sun, it becomes darker. This is due to the fact that the skin produces more melanin.
The role of melanin is to protect the skin cells from damage. The increased melanin is the body’s way of protecting itself. Tanning can actually increase the risk of skin cancer. It also leads to wrinkles, fine lines and spots that could be difficult to treat.
The other long term damages of exposing your skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun include rough and dry skin, large brown lesions, freckles and small red veins on the nose and cheeks. Sunburn also causes deeper wrinkles.
The increased melanin will not help you much. Research shows that a base tan offers the skin an SPF of about 3 to 4. This is not adequate because dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of about 30.
Therefore, even if you have a suntan, you can still suffer sunburn. The more you continue exposing your skin to the sun, the more the damage it will sustain. All kinds of tans are a sign of exposure to too much sunlight.
Skin cancer only happens to parts constantly exposed to the sun
If you expose your skin to UV rays for lengthy periods of time, UV radiation can cause changes in the DNA structure of skin cells. This leads to the growth of benign cancer cells. Even though you are more likely to get skin cancer on the parts of the skin, which you constantly expose to the sun such as the face, arms, and shoulders, it can also develop on other parts of the skin.
This includes the areas where you are not likely to notice something suspicious or new quickly. This includes the area underneath your nails, between the toes, the soles of your feet and armpits among others.
If doctors do not detect melanoma on time, it has the potential to spread to the lymph nodes and various internal organs including the thyroid, lungs, liver, brain, pancreas and heart. If you develop skin cancer on hard to notice areas, it can be more serious.
According to a study performed by the National Cancer Institute, sixty-eight percent of the people who develop the kind of skin cancer that mainly occurs on the soles, palms, and nail beds survived for 10 years or more compared to eighty-eight percent of those who developed other types of melanoma.
Skin cancer affects the elderly only
This is a big misconception about skin cancer. Even though the odds developing this condition increase with age, younger people are still at risk of developing it. Statistical data shows that the incidence of melanoma in people aged eighteen and thirty-nine increased by 800 percent between 1970 and 2010.
In many nations around the world, melanoma is the commonest kind of cancer in this age group. It is also alarming that many children between the ages of 1 and 19 are diagnosed with melanoma and this rate is increasing by 2 percent every year.
Skin cancer is more common in people with a fair skin tone because they have less melanin. However, even those with darker skin can develop it. Even people who do not suffer sunburns are still at risk because the sun is not the only cause of this disease. This is the reason why skin cancer can be found in areas, which are never exposed to the sun.
You cannot develop skin cancer if you wear sunscreen
Using sunscreen is imperative when it comes to protecting yourself against skin cancer. For the best outcome, you should begin using sunscreen early. Some studies show that high ultraviolet ray exposure, when a person is young, increases the risk of developing skin cancer. However, an important point to note is that you can still develop skin cancer even if you wear sunscreen. This can happen due to a number of reasons.
One of them is wearing sunscreen with a low SPF factor. Doctors recommend that people should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30or more. You should also choose a broad spectrum sunscreen, which filters both UVA and UVB radiation.
Another reason why you can develop skin cancer, even if you wear sunscreen is wearing it incorrectly. If you are spending time outdoors or engaging in an activity like swimming, you should apply sunscreen in the morning and then reapply it every two hours.
For full protection, you should apply at least one once ounce of sunscreen to cover your whole body. An ounce of sunscreen usually fills a shot glass. If you apply sunscreen correctly, your skin color will not change.
Some sunscreens do not offer sufficient protection from UV rays and they contain questionable chemical ingredients. One of the questionable ingredients to look out for when buying sunscreen is Dimethicone.
Scientists consider it to be non-hazardous, but it contains a small amount of toxicity. However, this ingredient can cause irritation in your eyes and skin. In experimental work with animals, scientists have noted that Dimethicone causes unusual changes and tumors.
To prevent sunburn, it is also essential to wear a wide brim hat and breathable, loose clothes. The clothing should cover most parts of your body, during sunny days. It is also wise to avoid exposing yourself to the sun between 11 am and 5 pm.
Even though you apply the right kind of sunscreen correctly and cover your body with appropriate clothing, you should be vigilant about seeing your dermatologist for annual skin cancer screenings. You should also check for new or unusual moles on your skin each month.
Everybody is at risk of developing skin cancer. The best way to lower your risk of this disease is staying away from intense light and wearing effective sunscreen as well as protective clothing. You can still enjoy the outdoors without exposing yourself to the risk of skin cancer if you practice sun safety. Finally, you should get professional treatment promptly if you experience sunburn.