Monday, January 26, 2009

Stuff To Know About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the statistics. In 1938, 1 in 10,000 people were found to have a melanoma. As of 2008, that number has become 1 in every 93. Science already knows the link between sun exposure and skin cancer, and that link is quite well documented. Melanoma risks go up greatly if a person had blistering sunburns in their younger years, and that having very little exposure to the sun and then going outside can also increase the risks more than people who spend a lot of time outdoors.

So, what, exactly, is making skin cancer so much more prominent now than before? Well, that's a topic that's quite controversial, as there's not a whole lot of data on the matter. It is known that inflammation is one of the causes of skin cancer. However, eating foods that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids decrease this, therefore theoretically reducing the risk of skin cancer, along with conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer's. It should be noted that this is the case even if the person eating them is doing everything else wrong. However, the scientific data on this is largely circumstantial, which makes it hard to tell what really does make a difference.

All skin types are susceptible to developing skin cancer, and no skin type is less damaged by it than others. The sun is capable of damaging the body's ability to protect the skin, and sunscreen can only offer a small amount of protection. However, even if the protection is minimal, there is adequate evidence to show that it can lower the incidence of skin cancer. There are also other things that a person can do to protect against the damaging rays of the sun. These things include taking vitamins C and E, which help decrease the damage done by the sun.

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