UV Overexposure & Skin Cancer – Prevention or Cure?

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UV Overexposure & Skin Cancer – Prevention or Cure?

At that time, excessive exposure to the sun and ultraviolet rays is rarely apparent and, in many cases, may not be intentional. However, repeated exposure has more adverse long-term effects on our body and our health.

We are all aware of the most obvious and painful symptoms of a sunburn, including hot, red, and sensitive skin, which can also include blistering, peeling, and dehydration in the case of a more serious burn.

Damage under the skin as a result of sunburn is significantly “less obvious” at the time of exposure and can take years to produce symptoms visible to the naked eye.

We should definitely take note of the fact that the damage done to skin cells during a sunburn can not only speed up the aging process, but also increase the risk of cataracts and skin cancer.

When you’re faced with the potential risk of treating more than just the temporary symptoms and pain of a sunburn, doesn’t it make more sense to avoid the risk in the first place?

Seek prevention rather than cure!

So before you go out into the sun again, remember these important tips to protect yourself from excessive UV exposure and sunburn and associated risks:

  1. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Consider the ‘extra’ protection of an umbrella or shade when appropriate.
  2. If possible, avoid going out in the sun between 10 am and 3 pm.
  3. Remember that UV rays are present even on cloudy days.
  4. Remember that sand, snow, ice, water, and concrete strongly reflect sunlight, which can intensify your exposure to direct sunlight.
  5. Apply sunscreen with at least 15 sun protection factor (SPF) at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
  6. Reapply sunscreen at regular intervals when you are in the sun, especially if you are sweating or swimming.
  7. Remember that UV overexposure is not limited to “sun exposure.” Sunburns can also occur as a result of UV exposure from other sources, including tanning beds / lamps, welding arcs, etc.

Prevention is much better to cure than to cure. However, if you notice unusual moles or growths on your skin (especially if they are irregularly shaped, bleed, itchy, or appear to change), check with your health as soon as possible. Check with your service provider.

When it comes to ultraviolet overexposure and skin cancer-causing sunburns, early detection will undoubtedly help you provide more effective treatment. But consider your options beforehand – what will provide the best results for your health? Prevention or cure? I know who I will choose …!

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