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Skin Cancer Threats Often Ignored

Melanoma On The Rise In Most Nations

The awareness of many cancers, including screening and prevention, is on the increase. But some people have a general sense that skin cancer is not quite so serious and somehow less invasive despite the statistics showing otherwise. One in every 8 men and 1 in  every 10 women will develop skin cancer and the number of deaths is continuing to increase year after year. While 97 percent of skin cancer is curable if caught on time, so we also need to tackle the growing incidence in Ireland. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which is designated to encouraging people to be more proactive about skin cancer detection and more importantly, prevention.

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Even though melanoma can occur in anyone, Irish people have a skin type that is more susceptible to skin cancer. Most have a skin type 1 or 2, which burns regularly and tans with difficulty, which puts them at greater risk. Ireland, for example, is now the fourth worst country in the whole of Europe for skin cancer instances.

Experts say that excessive sun and binge tanning causes 90 percent of all skin cancer rates, so sunscreen and shade is a must in the welcome summer sunshine.  Three-quarters of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs during childhood.  With up to 90 percent of UV rays passing through light clouds, care is needed not just on a sunny day, but every day.

Sunbed users are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used sunbeds, but while self tanning cosmetics are now more popular than ever, people who frequently used ultraviolet (UV) tanning in the past are still at a higher risk.

Cheaper sunshine holidays these past few years, are a significant factor in the recent growing rate of skin cancer here.  Because a sun-tan is a desirable characteristic to many, Irish people tend to ‘binge tan.’  They cram intensive sun-tanning into a week or a fortnight’s sunshine holiday, very often without adequate attention to skincare protection.

The best advice is to apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, with UVA and UVB protection, liberally and frequently and at least 20 minutes before heading into the sun.  It is also necessary to beware that some medications also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so people are advised to check this out in advance with their doctor.

People need to be more aware about checking moles or any skin irregularities or changes and this will contribute greatly to reducing Ireland’s skin cancer rates over time.

While we always support Melanoma Awareness Month, we need to be more aware of the dangers of Melanoma throughout the entire year.  Before you head into the sun this summer, why not contact your local Skin Clinic to have your moles checked out. It could save your life.

Source: http://www.renaissance-skincare.com/how-aware-are-you-of-melanoma/

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Skin Cancer Often A Precursor To Other Forms

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Skin cancer has long been considered a silent killer, of sorts. An affected area can start off with very little visual indication, increasing in mass ever so gradually over time. Before a victim realizes how grave a situation they are in, it may be too late. Now, as if that wasn’t enough to worry about on it’s own, new studies are pointing to even more scary facts regarding this widespread type of cancer. It seems those who survive the deadly affliction, even at a young age, may be more likely to suffer again. The statistics are now showing that an initial incidence of skin cancer causes other types of cancers to crop up later in life.

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In a sense, because the skin is the largest organ in the body, it stands to reason that it has a huge risk of incurring some type of cancer – particularly due to its often direct contact with the sun’s deadly UV rays, which have long been known to have damaging effects over time. Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, has two basic categories. First, there is the ultra-dreaded melanoma, which impacts deeper in the skin, and is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. Although, if caught early enough, melanoma can be easily cured, especially in today’s world of modern medicine. Melanoma can be caused by sun exposure, but that is not always the case. For example, genetics are always a factor for any potential type of cancer.

Then, there is the much more common non-melanoma skin cancer. This type of skin cancer affects roughly 3.5 million people in the United States each year, and lies much higher on the surface of the skin. Often times this type of cancer does afflict sun exposed areas such as the face, neck, lips and ears. It is not considered to be as deadly as melanoma and just as easily treatable if caught early enough. However, recent studies that looked at thousands of non-melanoma survivors indicate that this type of skin cancer is potentially likely to cause other cancers down the line.

A recent study, published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal, took in data of over 500,000 patients treated for non-melanoma skin cancer. These subjects were followed over the course of about 5 years to determine any long lasting health affects. The results were compared to the overall health statistics of about 8.7 million people who had never suffered non-melanoma skin cancer. As it turns out, those who had been afflicted with the deadly disease were 1.36 times more likely to develop another form of cancer within the aforementioned timeline of study.

Furthermore, the younger the non-melanoma cancer victim, the higher the rate may be of some type of cancer returning. The study found that there were roughly 30 different cancers likely to show up in non-melanoma cancer survivors. These include: melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, and cancers of the colon, liver, lungs, brain, stomach, prostate, and pancreas. So, what can one do to decrease risk of non-melanoma cancer and the recurrence of other types of cancer?

Researchers point out that there is always a genetic factor when it comes to cancer, in which case there is almost no control over whether or not someone may develop the disease. However, with these new findings that skin cancer can cause other types of cancers later in life, there are a few things to bear in mind. Of course, limiting sun exposure through use of sunscreen, clothing, or simply staying away from places like the beach are all clichéd, yet helpful hints on prevention of skin cancer. However, if one becomes a survivor of non-melanoma cancer, they should stay healthy through exercise and diet. Not only could a healthy lifestyle stave off illness, if there is a return of cancer down the line it will help any victim to be in good shape while battling the potentially deadly disease.

Source: http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/skin-cancer-causes-other-cancers/

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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