Sun – Could Cost You Down the Line

Sun – Could Cost You Down the Line

Remember the days of health tans? People basked around pools, hiked a trail on a lazy afternoon, and golfers spent 18 holes without sunscreen. If you were one of the many who enjoyed the sun unprotected you may be paying the price today with skin damage. So, what can happen if we don’t mind our sun exposure? The most common kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which is identified on spot exposed to the sun over the course of time – the face, the ears, temples, neck, nose and head. Catch it early and your physician can treat in the office.


If you were a sun baby or enjoyed hours in the sun squamous cell carcinoma may be your type.


The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma, while not as closely related to sun exposure as the types above, the Skin Cancer Foundation states severe sunburn and tanning bed use are associated.


If you are over 50, have a close relative with melanoma or you spent a lot of time in the sun take the time to see a dermatologist.  My daughter took me to see her dermatologist and sure enough I had to have a spot removed.  Tell you brain to make an appointment and remember your natural skin tone is in.  Very in.

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Sharlet Briggs, PHD
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