Important Facts About Skin Cancer Prevention That You Should Know

Skin cancer is a skin disease that ranges in the areas of mild to the potentially more serious form of melanoma. This cancer is the #1 cancer type and each year more and more skin cancer is diagnosed, averaging over a million in the United States alone.

Because people are not as cautious about their skin as they are with other parts of their body, skin cancer often goes unrecognized at first. Individuals may not be as alarmed at changes in their skin’s moles and growths, as they would be with other health abnormalities, such as persistent heartburn, increasing pain or blood in the stool.

Prevention is the key to avoiding skin cancer. Prevention is possible using a variety of key measures. By not implementing these measures you may increase your potential for developing any of the different types of skin cancer. A few simple changes to your lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your risk. Below are some of the preventative measures that will help to prevent skin cancer in the future.

Prevention measures:

The sun’s rays help to make vitamin D in your body, so the sun is not necessarily a bad thing. Knowing how much and at what times to avoid the sun is what you should strive for. To avoid the most intensive UV rays attempt to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be out in it, you would definitely benefit from covering up a little bit. Wear a hat with a wide brim to avoid sunlight on the facial areas and sunscreen to protect the face and the rest of the body.

Wear sunscreen daily on your hands and arms which receive sun exposure while driving. This will also help to reduce the appearance of sunspots and aging in your hands.

Wear sunscreen while working at the office if you work under UV lights. You might not realize that the daily exposure to the UV lights in the office can also increase your risk of skin cancer and also speed the appearance of aging to your skin.

Try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear sunscreen always, even on overcast days. You may be surprised to know that even then your skin is at risk. Select a sunscreen that is labeled SPF 15 or above. Your sunscreen will need to be applied approximately every 2 hours or so. Sunglasses will also provide protection for your face and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

Purchase sunglasses that block out 99% or more of the sun’s UVB and UVA sunlight radiation. Do not pick sunglasses simply because you like the way you look in them. If you can, purchase sunglasses that will partially wrap around to the sides of your head.

Examine your skin often during showers or baths. Discovery of any new or unusual growths or changes early offer the best chances of a cure.

If you do notice any abnormal moles or growths on your body, consult with your physician immediately to obtain the earliest possible diagnosis of any form of possible skin cancer. Skin cancer prevention methods combined with early cancer detection would offer the greatest chance of recovery with prompt treatment.

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Skin Cancer and Tanning Beds

Skin cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer remains the second most common cancer for women between the ages of 20-29 years old. Many skin cancers are directly linked to both indoor and outdoor tanning behaviors. Although outdoor tanning occurs through a variety of avenues (sports, workplace, etc.) indoor tanning in the United States mainly occurs within tanning salons with special tanning beds.

Tanning beds are specially designed devices that emit UV radiation and light during a predetermined amount of time. Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified tanning beds as carcinogenic to human. This is their most serious classification and helped to reinforce the decisions of many states to ban the use of tanning beds for people under the age of 16 and to require parental consent for anyone under the age of 18.

Interestingly, several high profile cases of skin cancer among beauty pageant participants have led to multiple pushes for more restrictive tanning laws in a variety of different states. Although it may seem that this push against tanning is only in the United States, it has truly became an international fight. Several western European Countries have enacted similar restrictions and Brazil and five of Australia’s states have banned tanning completely.

Of people who do use tanning beds there are several behaviors that are particularly risky. These are:

Failing to wear the provided goggles (this can cause severe eye issues or even ocular melanoma)
Beginning with long exposures – this can cause burning
Failing to follow the manufacturer recommended exposure times that are based on skin type
Tanning while using medications that may make you more sensitive to UV rays.
Tanning while under the age of 16 – the younger an individual begins tanning the more likely their chances of developing skin cancer.

Although many tanning companies may claim that indoor tanning is the “safest way to get vitamin D” this is simply not true. The majority of Americans are able to receive their recommended amount of Vitamin D through their diets and normal everyday sunlight exposure. The FDA and FTC have recently begun to investigate and prosecute major tanning bed companies in regards to multiple false claims regarding the vitamin D statements.

In conclusion, tanning beds are a dangerous habit. The United States still has thousands of salons that offer tanning, but regulations are becoming stricter and more prevalent. Of particular concern is the wide amount of false and misinformation regarding the safety of indoor tanning. The Surgeon general, along with the CDC and FDA, are steadily working to help raise public awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning.

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How I Cured My Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer

I suffered a minor skin injury on my back during my younger days in the Marine Corps. The size of the injury was about 1/4 inch, and then grew to golf ball size – 32 years later.

Over the years, I tried every skin medication from various doctors. Some worked temporary, while others did not treat the problem area at all. Nothing seemed to work, until now.

It was on a rainy day back in December 2014. I was going through some old photo albums. I spotted something out of the ordinary with my grandparent’s 8 x 10 picture. It had a bulge in the middle.

I peeled the picture back and discovered a folded piece of paper taped to it. My grandmother gave me the picture in 1976. I placed it in the photo album without looking on the back. At first, I thought it was one of her famous recipes; instead, it was a cure for my skin cancer!

My skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The area had grown to approximately 1-1/4″ in diameter. In fact, the sore spot became blistered and oozing with blood at times because of the open wound. It was very difficult to keep clean sheets or wear shirts without staining everything.

On February 1, 2015, I decided to try my grandparent’s skin cancer treatment.

This is how I did it…

Ingredients:
Organic Coconut Oil (you can find this at your local health store).
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (you can find this at your local supermarket).

For each application, measure 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and put into a small cup. Mix it around very thoroughly until it looks like a white paste. For larger areas, mix full teaspoon.

Before applying it to the skin, wash the area clean with a warm washcloth, or take a warm shower.

Use the spoon to pour the paste over the entire infected area. Make sure all of it is
covered. Place a 3″ x 4″ waterproof adhesive pad (latex bandage) over the area. Leave it on for a 24 hour period, or less.

The next treatment will be the exact mixture of ingredients and application. Take bandage off, wipe the area clean, apply the paste with a new bandage. Do this for the next 12-14 days, or until you start to see the skin heal.

Unfortunately, I do not know how coconut oil and baking soda combined works as well as it does. However, I can say my skin cancer is gone. The problem area is completely healed and back to normal. Of course, this is not going to help everyone with his or her skin cancer. But, it might help somebody out there with skin cancer like mine.

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