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5 Things That Raise Your Skin Cancer Risk And How To Prevent It

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Practical modern survival during the summer –

The following list of things which can raise your risk of skin cancer can be mostly avoided or minimized by observing this advice:

 

FAMILY HISTORY

If your mother, father, siblings, or children have had a melanoma, your risk is 50 percent greater than the average person’s. There’s not much you can do about family history, except to know you are at higher risk and take extra precautions through your life.

A BLISTERING SUNBURN

Just one sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life. Even five mild sunburns over the course of your life can also double the risk.

TANNING BED USE

Indoor tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used a tanning bed. They also have a 69 percent increased risk for early-onset basal cell carcinoma.

FAIR SKIN OR LIGHT EYES

Pale women have less melanin, the skin’s natural sun protection. Those with baby-blue or green eyes are also more prone to skin cancer than women with deep-brown irises.

LIVING IN A SUNNY OR HIGH ALTITUDE AREA

Tropical climates expose you to strong UV radiation year-round. As for altitude, for every 1,000 feet above sea level, you increase your UV exposure by 4 to 5 percent.

 
I know I said “5”, but here’s #6…

MEDICATIONS

There are many common medicines that that cause photo sensitivity or photo toxicity. Most people who take these common medications are unaware that they must protect themselves from sunlight and U.V. radiation. Search the side-effects of your meds to discover if this is an issue for you.

 

 
What can you do to reduce your risk of skin cancer?

 

PLENTY OF SUNSCREEN

For proper protection, you need to apply a full ounce of sunscreen from head to toe.

Picture the amount in a shot glass.

Most people use only a third to half as much sunscreen as they should be using, and they apply it unevenly.

 

SUNSCREEN EXPIRATION DATE

Just as you wouldn’t drink expired milk, you shouldn’t keep sunscreen from 3 summers ago.

After the expiration date there’s no guarantee that you’re going to get the full SPF promised on the label.

If you still have sunscreen from last year, you were not using enough…

 

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS WATERPROOF

There really is no waterproof or sweat-proof sunscreen – which is why you’ll no longer find either of those claims on sunscreen bottles — the FDA now forbids it.

Manufacturers can label products only as “water resistant” for 40 to 80 minutes — the amount of time a particular sunscreen has been tested and proven to offer protection in water.

 

ANYTHING UNDER SPF 15 IS USELESS

Anything lower than SPF 15 can no longer claim to be broad-spectrum. Low-SPF sunscreens provide little to shield UVA rays, which are the culprits of skin cancer and premature aging.

References: WomensHealthMag.com, FOXNews/ Womens Health

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10 Comments

  1. Living in the Antipodes – Australia or New Zealand.

    The skin cancer rates population rate ratios for these countries are twice as bad as the U.S. or Europe.

    Every person in my immediate family has had some form of active melanoma removed. My elderly mother attends a specialist every few months and has as many carcinomas freezed off that she can stand in one sitting..

  2. That’s interesting about a higher altitude increasing your exposure. I had never heard that one before, but it does kind of make sense.

  3. But, the sun makes it possible for your body to produce Vitamin D, which has been shown to protect the skin from cancer.
    Short but regular exposure to the sun, without sunscreen, helps protect your skin. Key word there is SHORT, like 20 minutes at a time.

    1. A very large government funded publicity campaign from the Australian government has been pushing the anti-sun exposure agenda. The result is an explosion of people with Vitamin D deficiency. However the skin cancer rates have not gone down.
      Consequently a corresponding sale of Vitamin D supplements.

      Due to the risk of litigation, all junior schools now require young students to don a wide brimmed floppy hat with a neck protection veil before they go outdoors. (think foreign legion style hats).

      “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” is a song written by Noël Coward. This was supposedly inspired because Coward observed that in Malaysia the English would go out and play cricket in the Midday sun while all the local Malays would sit under the trees out of the Sun watching them. The songs verses : “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” . Asians generally avoid the sun at all times.

  4. Higher altitude is a problem because the atmosphere is “thinner”, providing less shield.

    A few years back I climbed Kilimanjaro (19K ft) and one dude had altitude blindness when he lost his sunglasses. The air is so thin that the UV light stuns your retina, rendering you temporarily blinded.

  5. Why are blogs promoting sunscreen??

    It is proven sun for 30 minutes daily is healthy without sunscreen, that chemically-laden carcinogen.

    Stop promoting sunscreen—another BIG PHARMA money-maker.

    1. That would be thirty minutes not in the main heat of the day. Generally early mornings and late afternoon. Thirty minutes in a hot summer sun in Australia to a non suntanned person can cause sunstroke.
      Sunscreen is ineffective if not around SPF50.

  6. Skin cancer has been on the rises since the early 1900’s, yet we are out in the sun less, not more today than 100 years ago, and 100 years ago sun screen was unknown. It seems unlikely that the sun has caused the increase in skin cancer or any of the other cancers.

    So what else has changed? We have gradually consumed more and more polyunsaturated oils which are high in Omega 6 fatty acids. In 1900 we got about 12 grams daily of Omega 6 and today the average is about 40 grams, yet our consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids, which counteract Omega 6 has not changed, so the ratio has changed dramatically

    So what is the problem with Omega 6 fatty acids?

    (1)First of all polyunsaturated oils are refine with chemicals under heat and pressure from seed like corn, soy, canola, sunflower, safflower, etc., and since they are polyunsaturated they are missing some hydrogen atoms, hence are unstable and easily oxidize. When they become part of our cell wall structure it is like building a fireplace out of pine or balsa wood. When they are part of our skin cells the damage caused by UVa can set off a cascade of oxidation and the byproduct of this oxidation is 4-Hydroxynonenal, a cytotoxic aldehyde. “4-Hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) is one of the major end products of lipid peroxidation and has been widely accepted
    as an inducer of oxidative stress, as it is involved in the
    pathogenesis of a number of degenerative diseases such as
    Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, cataract, and cancer.”

    (2)Another effect of these Omega 6 fatty acids is that they suppress our immune systems. (3)Another effect of these Omega 6 fatty acids is that they suppress thyroid function so we get less thyroid hormone in our cells, reducing our metabolic rate, and leading to a myriad of iodine deficiency related disease, particularly breast, ovarian, endometrial, thyroid, and prostate cancers.

    Getting sufficient sunlight every day without sunscreen (1/2 to 1 hour) is important because it sulfates the cholesterol in our skin and sulfates the vitamin D we make in our skin. This allows both to travel throughout our bodies without needing a lipoprotein to transport them. This is because sulfated cholesterol and vitamin D become water soluble and can move through our bloodstream on their own getting them to our cells more efficiently than when just the cholesterol or vitamin D are only fat soluble.

    Insulin resistance is a rampant problem, leading to type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and possibly obesity. One hypothesis is that sulfur is involved. When the sulfated cholesterol and sulfated vitamin D enter our cells the sulfur breaks away and combines with a molecule that then migrates to the cell wall and allows insulin to bring in glucose. Without sufficient sulfur in our cells this process breaks down and essentially our cells slowly starve and die.

    Do your own research. There is plenty of information on the internet about the research being done, and I for one after having looked at this for some time concluded to avoid polyunsaturated Omega 6 fatty acids, eat plenty of saturated fat, eat foods high in sulfur like eggs, meat, and seafood, and get adequate sun in the summer and go to a UVb tanning bed in the winter.

  7. Yes skin cancer risks are increased because of all of those factors in the article. Simple as that. Not because of the oil you ingest or don’t ingest. Not because of the food fad you believe in or do not believe in. There is another factor not mentioned which explains why skin cancer is increasing and that is longevity. If you are a fair skinned person of Northern European descent who spends time in the outdoors and if you live into your 80’s expect to have some skin cancer. If you are willing to religiously cover up or use sunscreen every time you go outdoors you “may” avoid it. I am 71 and I confess sunscreen has never touched my skin. I see it as a kind of mystic belief like crossing yourself before stepping into the batting box or wearing garlic around your neck to ward off vampires. It is effective! I give you that. For an half hour or so it is effective. On children out playing or at the beach it’s gone in 60 seconds (well maybe a little longer). It’s mostly so that mothers can feel like they are protecting their children.

  8. It’s also good to keep in mind WHO is telling us to use sunscreen; follow the money and you will find Big Pharma is getting richer by the day selling those chemicals.
    I’m with GoneWithTheWind on this one, sunscreen has never been applied to my skin, as a matter of fact I still use baby oil to tan better.
    Disclaimer: I am Native American, with more than my share of skin pigment, so I never burn, even all day in the sun.

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