Skin Cancer Facts
Getting all the Skin Cancer Facts are important, because Skin Cancer is of major concern to us especially as we age. This is because as we age our bodies cannot fight it as well they used to and the chance of forming melanoma increases. So be sure to read all the information below.
First up is some information on what Skin Cancer is and it's three forms. Then we will discuss the symptoms of Skin Cancer and after that what we all need to know Skin Cancer prevention.
Without further adieu here are the quick important Skin Cancer Facts:
-There are three forms of Skin Cancer:
1.) Melanoma 2.) Basal Cell 3.) Squamous cell
-They have (and this is very important don't miss this!) two root causes 1.)Indirect DNA Damage (Melanoma) 2.)Direct DNA Damage (Basal and Squamous)
-They are both mostly caused by the suns UV rays but this is also split into two different categories.
1.) UVA Rays cause Melanoma 2.) UVB Rays cause Basal and Squamous
-Melanoma is the killer form of Skin Cancer causing the majority of the deaths. The other two forms have a less then %1 mortality rate, (Though those that get these forms should continue to be monitored to make sure they do not also form melanoma.)
Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Symptoms of Skin Cancer are fortunately one of the best Skin Cancer Facts. They are quite readily visible on the skin and are then treatable with surgery or topical chemotherapy. This is of course not the ideal, the ideal is never to get it in the first place! (See below under skin cancer prevention)
But here are the symptoms of Skin Cancer just in case:
- Basal cell carcinoma usually presents as a raised, smooth, pearly bump on the sun-exposed skin of the head, neck or shoulders. Sometimes small blood vessels can be seen within the tumor. Crusting and bleeding in the center of the tumor frequently develops. It is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal.
- Squamous cell is commonly a red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin. Some are firm hard nodules and dome shaped like keratoacanthomas. Ulceration and bleeding may occur. When this form is not treated, it may develop into a large mass.
- Melanomas are brown to black looking scabs. Unfortunately, a few forms of melanoma are pink, red or fleshy in color; these are called Amelanotic melanomas. These tend to be more aggressive. Warning signs of malignant melanoma include change in the size, shape, color or elevation of a mole. Other signs are the appearance of a new mole during adulthood or new pain, itching, ulceration or bleeding.
If you have any of the above signs get them checked right away!
Skin Cancer Prevention
Remember how we discussed at the beginning in Skin Cancer facts that the two causes of Skin Cancer direct and indirect DNA damage also UVA and UVB rays from the sun?
Well this is where those become important.
The first lines of defense though against this disease is first what you eat and drink.
Drink as much water as possible when in the sun and at home. This will not only help prevent skin cancer by it's cleaning action but help your skin look more youthful (see
anti aging skin care
) also a diet (Fruits and vegetables) and supplement program high in antioxidants can help your body and your skin stop and reduce free radicals (A major cause of cancer),
have also has clinical studies that suggest that it can repair DNA damage indirect or direct so it can also a good line of defense.
For somebody who has been there and survived severe Skin Cancer and knows a thing or two about what to eat check out the link below:
Skin Cancer Experiences - Read Gary’s personal story of how aggressive squamous cell skin cancer can sometimes be. He beat it and wants to share lots of experiences and information with you. He attributes a healthy diet and lifestyle to his long term survival.
The next line of defense is the proper use of sun screen while in the sun.
Not just any sunscreen though!
Some forms of sunscreen just cover UVA rays and people that use them tend to get melanoma! (While studies as to why the link are not clear, the link is very much there)
So you want a sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays.
But not just any sunscreen that does both of those as well!
You want a sunscreen that is zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or some other natural based sunscreen because some chemical based sunscreens have also been shown to actually produce free radicals potentially causing melanoma!
Also be sure to use in per the instructions and expect it to work all day after using it once.
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