Tag: skin cancer

Binge Tanning Behind Malignant Melanoma in the UK

Every habit that becomes an addiction is alarming, whether it is bad in itself or not. So is the case with tanning. Recently, it has been founded that binge tanning has become one of the major reasons behind a lethal kind of skin cancer “Malignant Melanoma” in the UK. This report has been provided by a leading cancer charity of England; Cancer Research UK.

Number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma has gone to dangerously high limits. According to the figures released by Cancer Research UK the diagnosed people in the UK are 10,400. This is an all time high figure.

According to experts, this is a serious situation that must be taken care of. They think that binge tanning is the most important reason behind malignant melanoma, either people do it at their home town or when they go on vacations.

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Melanoma: Top Cancer in Young British Women

Melanoma is quite well-known as the most dangerous type of skin cancer and now according to data released by Cancer Research UK,melanoma1 it has emerged as the commonest cancer in young women in the UK. Previously, cervical cancer was at top in the list of cancers that would strike young women.

As a considerable number of young women are becoming the victim of this deadliest type of skin cancer and the new trend is quite worrying for the health authorities. The data also indicates that people above 75 years of age had the height rates of skin cancer.

However, according to some experts it can be a start of a new perilous trend as most of younger people especially women are being found with the disease. Though a small percentage of women that aged 20 or less were diagnosed with the disease in UK, but almost 3% cases occur in those who aged 50 or less.

Considering the current rates, Cancer Research UK has predicted that the disease will emerge as the fourth commonest type of cancer in men and women within next 15 years, and the number of cases might jump to 15,500 per year from the current 9,000 cases per year.

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How to protect your skin?

Ultraviolet rays are harmful to our skin and causes skin cancers. Researchers have illustrated that the caspase-14 protein – whichprotect-your-skin_jpg has unknown function up to now, not only maintain the balance of moisture in the skin but also provide protection against UVB rays present in sunlight. Future planning is to increase the production of caspase-14 that will provide new possibilities of strengthening the skin as a barrier against all kinds of external stress.

The lack of caspase-14 has very harmful effects on the skin function as a protective barrier, which results in dehydration and very low protection against UVB. Although with the few useful tips, skin can be protected from the external stresses.

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Seaside Stay in Childhood May Increase Melanoma Risk in Later Life

The results of a new study show that childhood seaside stay during vacations can boost the risk of melanoma in later years of life.melanoma2

In their study, Denver researchers assessed 681 kids who were born in Colorado in 1998 and after inquiring about childhood seaside stays during vacations they made some skin tests when these kids were seven years of age. The researchers looked for nevi that are quite well-known as moles. These moles are considered a big risk factor for melanoma that is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Lori Crane, the lead author of the study, says: “The moles began to increase 5% at every seaside stay these kids had from one year of age.”

According to an estimate, there will be nearly 62,500 new melanoma cases during 2009 and almost 8,400 deaths as well.

According to Crane, exposure to sun at home or during daily routine has not been found related to those moles that kids had.

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Some Healthy Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention

skincancerThe most common skin cancers are melanoma, basal cell cancer & squamous cell cancer. Basically it’s a type of malignant growth. At the early stages most of these ailments are detectable.

Sun exposure is one of the major reasons of skin cancer. But you can’t just confine yourself within the home, specially if you are a working person.

  • Reduce the sun-exposure as much as you can (specially from the strongest rays 10 am- 4 pm). From TV and newspaper you can find out the UV index at your area.
  • Before going out don’t forget to apply sunscreen lotion (30 minutes before you go out) with SPF factor of 15 or upward.
  • To protect your lip use lip balm/cap stick with SPF assurance.

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Adverse Effects of Sun Bathing

Effects of Sun Bathing

Take pleasure in the sun considered be the most delightful way to spend a holiday or even just one hour or two. But almost all of us have suffered from sunburn at some time in his/her lives. This condition is extremely itchy and painful. Too much time spend under the sun can also lead to headaches, skin pain and also increase the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.Although researchers have linked vitamin D deficiency with cancer and other health conditions like osteoporosis and osteomalacia, hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes in adults and rickets in children. It has been recorded that each year fifty to sixty thousands individuals in U.S. die prematurely from cancers caused by lack of vitamin D

Though previous studies have established that vitamin D and sun exposure can protect against infectious diseases but according to the FDA, approximately 1 in 5 people in the U. S. will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. The most important, preventable cause of skin cancer is extreme exposure to the sun rays.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is known to be an important cause of skin cancers. As these rays induce DNA damage, however for the non-melanoma skin cancers, cumulative sun exposure is believed to be essential. The prevalence of all skin cancers is rising day by day.

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