The percentage of skin cancer cases has increased this summer, due to excessive exposure to sun’s UV rays. According to Dr. Rogers, a dermatologist at Spohn South, over 30 people developed skin cancer and other four four were diagnosed with melanoma.
These statistics are based on the medical analysis of around 330 patients over the past six weeks. This critical number comes from the fact that people spend too much time sunbathing. Doctors recommend people to purchase a healthy sunscreen product and reapply it during the time they spend on the beach.
Experts believe that just a small percentage of the individuals going to the beach use sunscreen to protect themselves from the ultraviolet rays. People over 45 years old are more likely to develop skins cancer after an extended period in the sun.
Beachgoers should check their bodies all the time to spot any rash or mole of an unusual color and shape. Everyone should make an appointment with their doctors to make sure that they are 100 percent healthy. There are three types of skin cancer, but only melanoma can be deadly.
The safest sunscreen product must have a good sun protection factor. SFP 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of the UV rays, whereas an SPF 30 product blocks 97 percent of them. Scientists recommend an SPF 30 sunscreen because everything that is higher than this does not provide too much of additional protection.
Regarding sun radiation, UVB rays are more common but not as dangerous as the UVA rays which can penetrate the skin deeper than the others, meaning that they can lead to skin cancer faster. Therefore, doctors recommend people to look for sunscreen products with the ‘broad spectrum’ label.
There are certain ingredients which might lead to allergic reactions, so if you want to make sure that using a product will not result in severe consequences, rub just a drop of sunscreen on your wrist and wait 24 hours to see whether any rashes appear or not.
Regardless of the fact that some products might be labeled as waterproof, doctors say that sunscreen should be reapplied at every two hours, after excessive sweating, or swimming. Skin cancer might also be prevented by avoiding the hottest hours of the day, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as by wearing long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, and hats.
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