Did you know that most skin cancers are curable?
When detected early, most skin cancers are curable. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancers (like basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) can be successfully treated in over 99% of cases if they are promptly diagnosed. Both natural (sun exposure) and artificial (sunbeds) sources of UV radiation can cause skin cancer. As a matter of fact, sunbeds can emit higher levels of UVA radiation. UVA rays have the ability to penetrate the top layer of your skin and inflict most of the damage to the lower layers. Over time, repeated exposure accelerates skin aging. Anyone can get skin cancer, but the segment of the population with fair skin and freckles, specifically those with red or blond hair and blue or light-colored eyes, are at greater risk. Most cancerous skin lesions appear after the age of 50, but by this time, the cumulative effects of sun damage have been sustained. With this in mind, UV protection from an early age would serve as the best defense against skin cancer. Some sun smart suggestions include the routine combined use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing long-sleeved tops, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and avoiding sun exposure during the hours of peak UV intensity (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). An easy way to include sun protection is to use a daily moisturizer with a minimum SPF15 rating.