Is It Actually Necessary To Use Sunscreens?

By Phil Zertisky

Simply put, everybody should! Not all skin is the same. The amount of pigment in the skin varies from person to person. That is why some people will have higher sensitivity to the sun and burn easily, and never tan. Some people will experience a little bit of tanning but a lot of burning. Then there are those who tan easily and quickly yet rarely burn. It seems to make sense that for those who are not as sun-sensitive there should be less worry about sun exposure. Unfortunately that is not the case. While some people are not prone to sunburns, they are still at risk of developing melanoma, the most prevalent form of skin cancer. Nobody is immune to the risk and everyone should wear sunscreens!

This is because it isn't only the sunburn itself that causes melanoma; it is the UVA and UVB ray exposure that causes the problem. So what are UVA and UVB rays? These are the two harmful types of ultra-violet rays in sunlight. UVA rays penetrate the deep layers of the skin and hinder the immune system and its ability to fight off skin cancer. The UVB rays are those that cause the skin to burn. This is a great strain on the body as it has to repair all the cells damaged by the burn. Between the two rays and their harmful effects, sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.

Sunscreens block out both types of ultra-violet rays. That is why it is so important to wear sunscreen every time you are exposed to the sun. This does not only mean when you are lying in the sun or when you will be outdoors for extended periods of time. Of course it is extremely important to apply sunscreen on those days. But it is also a good idea to use sun block even when you will have a little sun exposure.

Even just a few minutes in the sun increases the risk; just walking from and back to your car counts! Believe it or not, sun exposure is even a risk when you are inside. This is because unlike UVB rays that cannot penetrate glass, UVA rays are not blocked out by glass.

If that sounds unlikely, think about this: Have you had or has anyone you know had one of their arms tanner than the other? The tan arm is the one exposed frequently to sunlight coming in through the car window. Even extremely fair people who almost never tan will have a tan arm. And yet they never got sunburn! The arm is exposed to UVA rays everyday and the damage is being done.

Sunscreens are given an 'SPF' rating. What is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This number compares the amount of time a person will burn with the sunscreen as opposed to without it. It only refers to the amount of time it will take to burn. For example, let's look at SPF 10. This means that a person who would normally burn in 10 minutes, will burn in 10x that time, or 100 minutes (a little over an hour and a half.)

In addition to the SPF, which helps prevent burning, you will also want to look for key ingredients that block out both types of ultra-violet rays. Some of these ingredients are: Oxybenzone, Sulisobenzone, Titanium dioxide, Avobenzone, Cinoxate, Ecamsule, Menthyl anthranilate, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Octyl salicylate, or Zinc oxide.

Limiting your exposure to the sun's rays is the key to preventing skin cancer. Wear a hat, long pants and long sleeves, seek out shade whenever possible, and always wear your sunscreens! - 30662

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Why Everyone Should Try Sunscreens

By Jake Zertosky

A crucial part of skin care is using sunscreen. There are lots of brands of sunscreens on the market today. They fight harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun and protect against cancer and sunburn. Another concern is premature aging.

The rays that are cancer causing are UVB and UVA rays. Skin cancer is the number one form of cancer in the U. S. Today, with over a million cases reported every year. UVR damages the layers of skin and dries it out, and repeated exposures can cause liver spots. The skin's supple appearance is compromised.

A skin protection factor, also known as SPF, of at least fifteen will be the best in protecting your skin from the sun. Moisturizers and after shave creams often contain sunscreens and can be used for daily sun protection.

Sun damage can harm the skin in more ways than one, causing premature sagging, wrinkles, and aging. The damage can't be seen on the surface but lurks underneath. The skin can appear weathered and older than it should with too much exposure.

A process from the sun called photoaging causes fine lines around the eyes. Once damage from the sun has happened it can't be reversed. Some surgeries and creams work well but it's better to not have much sun damage to begin with.

Adults over the age of six are recommended to wear sunscreen. Children under six should not be exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time. Even if it's cloudy outside, the sun's rays can still be harmful. After swimming or sweating, sunscreen should be reapplied.

If you like to tan and don't burn and still want to be in the sun yet tan, try to at least use a tanner that has sunscreen in it. This way you'll still get tan but the most harmful rays will be blocked. It just takes a little longer for the skin to tan with this applied. There are also self tanning sprays and lotions that don't leave the skin orange.

Self tanning products dye the top layer of skin. They are low risk and usually the worst that can happen is just an allergic reaction or a skin rash if your skin doesn't agree with it. Some even contain SPF, but be sure to get an SPF of at least 15 to have maximum protection from the sun.

Some types of sunscreen have more protection than others do and others may be better at deflecting harmful UV rays. There are now some products that are said to give one hundred percent complete protection from the sun. Check labels and shop around before buying one to make sure you have the most protection.

It's always a good idea to wear sunscreen before going out for a long time and having more exposure to the sun. Your skin will thank you and stay more healthy. Be sure to always have it when going out on the water reapply after every activity. Swimming especially can wash off the much needed sunscreen. - 30662

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Green Tea - Can This Nutrition Tea Defend Against Cancer

By Aoife Joyce

For many a year Green Tea has been, for the Chinese, the best nutrition tea out of all teas. They have been using its wondrous powers and capacity to heal and prevent illness for well over 4,000 years now. I will be giving you details of some of these powers in this article...

To begin with, the reason why Green Tea stands out against other teas is that it is produced differently. Its leaves are steamed during production which prevents any of the antioxidants from being destroyed or changed. Other teas such as Oolong Tea and White Tea's leaves are fermented, changing the antioxidants into other forms. The main antioxidant in Green Tea that holds most of the 'power' is a catechin polyphenol called Epilgallocatechin Gallate, in short EGCG.

EGCG is basically a flavanoid, and is similar yet more powerful than its cousin flavanoids found in broccoli, red wine, grapes and green cabbage. EGCG is capable of binding itself to protein cells that are found on tumour cells and dramatically slowing down their growth. A receptor found on the surface of cancer cells called Laminin, was treated with EGCG concentrate and the results of this showed significant reduction in further cell growth. This finding was revealed in April's issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology magazine. It was also stated that the concentration of EGCG's that showed these results were the same amount you get from drinking just 3 cups of Green Tea a day.

Another finding, by Dr. H -H Sherry Chow of University of Arizona, Tucson, revealed that the body creates within itself detoxifying enzymes called Glutathione S- Transverase (GST). These GST enzymes help the body defend against toxic and cancer causing compounds. Dr. Chow's study showed that GST enzymes were activated by EGCG. In a group of people who had low GST levels, using concentrated Green Tea extracts, had an 80% increase in production of GST. Thus their defence against cancer was heightened dramatically. The Green Tea extract used was more potent than you would get from having a few cups of this nutrition tea a day, however you can see why regular intake of Green Tea will help on a continual basis to keep these GST enzymes activated, growing and defending.

Another astonishing find shows that EGCG can react with Leukaemia cells in that it halts communication between the cells, which deters them from growing and multiplying any further. On this note I would like to point out that, regardless of the multiples of Green Tea products you can buy for your skin, or extracts you can take as supplements - a freshly brewed cup of Green Tea is the best way to avail of the powerful antioxidants it contains. During production, as I stated earlier, the leaves are steamed dry during production, thus saving all antioxidant concentrates. When the leaves/tea bag is soaked in hot water, this is how the antioxidants are set free if you will. So this is the absolute freshest way you can obtain their full influence and take full advantage of the potency straight away, before it is produced again to make an extract or a cream. Get it at its best! - 30662

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Skin Cancer Detection - What Can You Do to Prevent Skin Cancer

By William Wallace

Skin cancer is a cancer that is quite common. Fortunately, iIt is also relatively easy to detect with self inspection of your skin. But aside from early detection, you can and should do everything within your ability to prevent skin cancer from ever occuring in the first place.

You should perform a self check on your skin at least once a month. In addition your doctor should be examining your skin during your routine examination and checking out anything that you have seen and have a question on. Performing your own skin cancer detection check is a relatively quick and painless procedure that you can do easily.

Start by finding a well lit room with a full length mirror. If there are areas that you have a hard time seeing during your self exam you can use a hand held mirror. The first time you do your self exam you will be taking the time to get to know all of your skin?s anomalies. Careful examination will give you a base for checking for changes in those blemishes and discolorations on your skin in future self exams. For now check anything that you have not noticed before.

Start with your face and carefully work your way down the length of your body. You may need help for parts of your body that are hard to reach. Ask your spouse or trusted friend with help for your upper thighs and lower back. You can use a mirror to help you if you have no such assistance available.

When concerned about the possibility of skin cancer examine carefully the areas that are often exposed to the sun. Look for changes in the character of any abnormality such as the shape or size of a mole or discoloration. Medical drawings and photos are available to guide you in the different types of skin cancers.

You should know what skin cancers look like. You need to inform your doctor as soon as possible if you find something on your skin that looks different or suspicious. There may not be a problem, but you cannot know that for sure until a doctor checks you out. You can eliminate skin cancers more easily if you find them quickly.

If you are fair skinned you will have to be extra careful with your skin. Make sure that you keep it covered when you are in the sun and always wear sunscreen on your exposed areas. Make use of hats and keep the sun off of your face. Good prevention and skin cancer detection are your best weapons. - 30662

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Skin Cancer Treatment Options

By William Wallace

Cancer treatments often vary depending on how far the disease has progressed and what type of cancer you have been diagnosed with. Your doctor will base the decision on your medical history and how good your physical health is in the present. The treatment for skin cancer has a healthy success rate and there are greater chances survival if you realize its symptoms early and start the treatment without any delay. You should not assume the reasons yourself instead it is always wise to consult your doctor.

For basal cell carcinoma there are a few different types of treatment options that can be used. The first is the Mohs Micrographic Surgery, which is used to remove the cancer without harming the healthy tissue surrounding it. The cancer is removed in layers and examined after each layer is removed.

As the doctor continues to remove thin layers during the procedure, he may continue to see more cancer cells. Once the doctor finds normal tissue, he will stop the removal. The doctor may also use a normal incision to remove skin cancer; however, when this method is used, there is a risk that some normal tissue will be excised along with the cancerous tissue.

Cryosurgery can be used to freeze the skin cancer cells and kill them. The use of a laser to focus light that will kill the skin cancer cells. Radiation therapy may also be used for the treatment of skin cancer. The x-ray will be used to shrink and kill the skin cancer tumors. A lotion that uses chemotherapy can also be used topically to treat skin cancer. The chemotherapy will kill the skin cancer cells when the lotion is applied on the affected area.

The skin cancer treatment options that are used will depend on the individual case that is being treated. If you are recently diagnosed with skin cancer you will want to discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Remember to ask questions about the side effects and the success rate of each option.

To make a decision about skin cancer treatment, you should have all the pertinent information available to make a wise choice. Treating it early will keep it from spreading to other parts of your body. If you wait until the later stages of skin cancer, your options for treatment will be much less than if you had started earlier.

For the best skin cancer treatment options you should make sure that you perform a self examination at least once every month. It is imperative that you catch skin cancer early so that you can effectively treat it and eliminate it in your life. - 30662

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Skin Cancer Warning Signs - Find Out and Take Immediate Action

By William Wallace

It is essential for you to know the warning signs if you want to detect skin cancer before it grows out of control. You should look closely at your body, paying particular attention to any changes that might be happening to any discolorations or moles on your skin.

If you notice a growth on your skin that looks translucent, tan, pearly, brown, black, or multicolored, or has suddenly changed in appearance or size, you must immediately contact a doctor. This is a possible skin cancer warning sign that should not be ignored. If it turns out to be cancer, treatment can commence immediately and increase your chances of eradicating the cancer.

If you notice signs of skin cancer immediately contact a physician in order to treat the condition in its earliest stages. During a self examination you should focus on areas of your skin such as moles that have been present for a long time. A warning sign of skin cancer is change in color or shape of moles and pigmentation. You should always consult a physician before self-diagnosing skin cancer.

If you have any cuts or wounds that don't heal up, pay close attention to them. They are an important early sign of cancer. You have probably noticed if you have a cut that isn't healing properly. Your doctor needs to see it, to determine if there is a reason to believe that it may be a sign of skin cancer.

Being aware of the signs of skin cancer is your responsibility and only you can monitor your own health. To ensure that you fight the battle against skin cancer, do everything you can to protect yourself including consulting a doctor and using sunscreen when outdoors.

You should cover as much skin as possible, and apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun is brightest, avoid sunlight when possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you need to venture outside during this time.

To prevent skin cancer you should take the time to recognize the warning signs and wear sunblock. You should always be aware of any abnormal physical changes in your health to increase prevention of possible serious conditions. - 30662

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What You Need To Know About The Sun

By Byron Jonas

If you or anyone in your family spends a great deal of time outdoors, one of the most important things you can do for your health is to protect yourself from the sun. Especially if you have kids that are involved in outdoor activities, such as school sports, it is very important to teach them how to be smart about the sun.

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the suns powerful rays is to prevent sun damage before it happens with a bit of prevention. When summertime comes around and the sun comes out, your kids are likely to be thinking about one thing only: getting outside and having fun! It's up to you as parents to educate your young ones about sun protection and the dangers of over-exposure.

We all know that as soon as summer begins and the sun starts to come out, we want to soak up as much of those rays as possible. This is also the time of year when we gear up for outdoor activities and school sports fun. But we also need to take the time to be cautious and play it safe outside.

Although we might just think about how good the sun feels or what a great mood it puts us in, unfortunately we also need to think about the harmful side effects too much sun can bring about. The most instant effect of over-exposure is the all-too-common sunburn. Although mild cases are usually no more than painful inconveniences, deep sunburns can require a hospital stay and cause severe skin damage.

Another typical side effect which many people would be happy to avoid is premature wrinkling and aging of the skin. Although your kids are hardly thinking about preserving their youth, it's never too early to warn them about this long-term effect caused by too much sun.

Skin cancer is yet another much more serious long-term effect of too much sun. Although in the past, it may have been seen a sign of beauty to have perfectly tanned skin, we now know better. The risks of over-exposure from the sun are far too great to sacrifice our skin's health just to have a golden glow. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves and our kids from the sun's rays all year round and even more so during the summer months and school sports seasons.

Many people mistakenly think that the only time to worry about sun protection is during the summer months or on extremely sunny days. Surprisingly, sunburns can even occur when it does not appear to be overly sunny outside. Just another reason why you can never be too careful when it comes to sun protection.

The majority of experts recommend using an SPF sunscreen before any outdoor activities. You may even want to consider using a daily moisturizer that contains SPF, just to play it safe. Covering up bare skin and wearing brimmed hats can also be good ways to enjoy the outdoors without putting your health at risk.

Make sure to share these sun protection tips with your entire family, especially kids that will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Enjoy the summer sun safely and wisely, your skin will thank you for it. - 30662

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