Who's At Risk Of Getting Cancer And Skin Protection Tips

Skin cancer is fast spreading like an epidemic. In the present day scenario, countless people across the globe are unfortunate victims of skin cancer. While skin cancer can affect everyone, there are certain people who are more prone to the risk of a skin cancer. The risk for skin cancer is greater in the following cases.

* Those with fair skin are more susceptible to skin cancer.
* People with blonde, brown or red hair are also at an increased risk of getting skin cancer.
* Blue, gray or green eyed people are also more susceptible to skin cancer.
* Those who easily get sunburn are also at a higher risk.
* If you spend a lot of time outdoors and still don't get tanned, you might as well be more prone to skin cancer.
* People who have once been treated for skin cancer definitely fall in the high risk category.
* If you have a family history of skin cancer, you run a greater risk of having the problem.
* Since UV exposure is high on higher altitudes, those who go to frequent vacations to high altitudes are also more susceptible to skin cancer.

 Nevertheless, this does not mean that those who do not fall in this category will never ever have skin cancer.

Causes of skin cancer
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiations can be broadly classified into four groups: UVA, UVB, UVC and vacuum UV. However, UVA and UVB rays are the ones that are concerned with sun tanning and skin cancer. While UVA only causes mild sunburn, it is UVB that is the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer.

Sun protection tips to prevent skin cancer

While skin cancer can be treated it would be only wise to prevent the problem in the first place with adequate sun protection tips. Here are some tips that can protect you from skin cancer:

* Always wear a sunscreen with a high SPF when going out in the sun. Usually SPF 15-30 is suggested. Make sure you apply the sunscreen at least half an hour before going out in the sun.
* Avoid going out in the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as this is the time when UV rays are at their maximum.
* Wear protective clothing. Clothes that cover you full would be the ideal bet. You could also go in for protective clothing that are rated on UPF. Go in for clothes with high UPF.
* Do not wear light colored or light weight fabrics while going out in the sun.
* Since skin cancer can be a serious problem, it is advised that you limit your exposure to the sun.