Posted in Lifestyle on February 9, 2009

Skin Cancer is the most common of all the cancers.  As a matter fact it accounts for almost 50% of all the cancers in the United States.

skin-cancerThere are two main types of skin cancers: keratinocyte cancers (basal and squamous cell skin cancers) and melanomas.

Keratinocyte cancers are the most common as they develop from the most common cells in the skin called keratinocytes.

Melanomas are cancers that develop from the cells that give skin its color – melanocytes.

Ultraviolet Radiation UVA and UVB are the main cause for skin damages and skin cancer.  These rays are a form of invisible energy given off by the sun.

Skin cancers are one of the results of getting too much sun.  Below are some tips to help prevent that:

  • Cover up
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays
  • Limit direct sun exposure during midday
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps
  • Protect children from the sun