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Sun protection: Appropriate sunscreen use
- By Dominic Wu, MD, Contributing Editor
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The sun is shining brightly up there and that season is here when you need to be extra cautious before stepping out in the sun. If you do not apply sunscreen you could do a lot of damage to the DNA of the skin cells. This is because if you do not take the preventive measures, you could get a deadly skin cancer. get more information at ” Know How Long Sunscreen Offers Protection Against Sun” at zovon.
The sun is shining brightly up there and that season is here when you need to be extra cautious before stepping out in the sun. If you do not apply sunscreen you could do a lot of damage to the DNA of the skin cells. This is because if you do not take the preventive measures, you could get a deadly skin cancer.
Each year, sun exposure decreases while melanoma increases. And each year sunscreen use increases while melanoma also increases. Is there something wrong with this scenario? Here are a few facts about melanoma that it seems you were not aware of:
•Seventy-five percent of melanomas occur on areas of the body that are seldom or never exposed to sunlight.
•In the U.S., as sun exposure has decreased by about 90% since 1935, melanoma incidence has increased by 3,000%!
•As in the US, while sun exposure in Europe has profoundly decreased, there has been a spectacular increase in melanoma.
•Men who work outdoors have about half the risk of melanoma as men who work indoors.
•Increasing melanoma incidence significantly correlates with decreasing personal annual Sunlight exposure.
•Outdoor workers do get numerous sunburns but still have dramatically lower risk of contracting melanoma.
Here are more facts you should know about causes of melanoma:
•Weekly meat consumption increases the risk of melanoma by 84%.
•Daily fruit consumption reduces the risk of melanoma by nearly 50%.
Please, stop blaming the sun for melanoma. Regular, non-burning sun exposure is extremely healthful.
For more information: sunlightinstitute.org or read Dr. Marc Sorenson’s book, Embrace the Sun, available on Amazon.
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