Friday, September 14, 2012

Skin Health: Understanding Skin Cancer


I know there are lots of women out there who are willing to spend a great amount of fortune to beautify their skin. Great skin, after all, plays a big part to one's beauty. However, how many of them actually prioritize skin health? Sunbathing on the beach, skin tanning, buying questionable skin care products from unscrupulous merchants are just some of the actions they would go for the sake of beauty. But to me, before delving into the topic of skin beauty, one must first learn about skin health, for skin health is a prerequisite to beautiful skin.

Exposing the skin to Ultraviolet (UV) rays, such going to tanning baths or sunbathing, increases the risk of skin cancer. Although UV rays is one of the common cause of skin cancer, but there are also many cases where skin cancer develops to unexposed parts of the skin. Possible contributing factors are exposure of the skin to toxic chemicals from household products or skin care products, and weak immune system. Going outdoors with sufficient protection from the sun, avoiding tanning beds and tanning lamps, and learning a great deal about your everyday household and skin care products are some of the steps to avoid skin cancer.

I am presenting you this link from the American Academy of Dermatology about spotting skin cancer. Early detection greatly increases the chances of survival. The page includes the steps on how to self-examine your skin. It also includes pictures and descriptions of abnormal growths so you cam easily identify any symptoms that may be present.

For a quick overview, here's AAD's brochure regarding skin cancer detection.

Sources:
MayoClinic
American Academy of Dermatology

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