Are you troubled by that “ages old” nasty red weal on your back? It may be a skin melanoma!! And it is scary so why don’t we suggest a few factors that may be raising the chances of skin cancer in people

Are you troubled by that “ages old” nasty red weal on your back? It may be a skin melanoma!! And it is scary so why don’t we suggest a few factors that may be raising the chances of skin cancer in people:

The most common cancer that is striking the U.S population is cancer of the skin. Talking about his experiences in the world of medicine, Dr. Ross Henley, a Lawton based dermatologist states “When I started practicing I would see three or four melanomas a year, now I see probably 50 to 100 new ones a year. There are weeks I see three or four a week. And the ages are getting younger and younger … I had an 8-year-old who had it on her ear.”

Genetic disposition

If someone in close relation like a father, mother or siblings suffer from skin melanoma the risk of getting cancer increases by almost 50% as compared to an average person. But if distant relatives like cousins or relatives get skin melanoma then the risk is less.

Indoor UV radiation

after the aggressive publicity of the sun blocks and the sunscreens, why are the skin melanoma numbers climbing up? This may be due to the artificial tanning beds that is a rave with the females and the younger generation.

The UV radiation that is passed out from these beds is highly carcinogenic in nature. The AAD results confirm that “A review of seven studies found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who had been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning.”

As the experts claim “Melanomas are usually aggressive … it is important to catch them early.”
Surprisingly protecting our skin from the UV sun radiation also helps. Henley affirms that a few clothing trends have also been a boon for the people. He states that long pants protect the lower extremities of the body from skin cancer. Ladies wearing dresses show cancers knee down according to some researches.

Sunburns

Having a single or more than one sunburn in adolescence or childhood almost doubles the chances of skin melanoma when one ages. Just about five mild sunburns in a lifetime doubles the risk of skin cancer. So stay away from the blistering rays whenever possible.

Pale skinned and light eyed people

Melanin, the brown pigment or the natural sun protector of our body is less in the fair skinned people. The women with green eyes or baby blue eyes are also more pre disposed to eyelid and ocular melanoma as compared to women with dark brown irises.

Even the tropical climates expose the people to strong UV radiation throughout the year and as the altitude increases so does the exposure to the UV radiation.

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