While skin cancer is often caused by UV radiation (around 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers being caused by it), you’re never too old or too tanned to start avoiding skin cancer. Genetic damage in the skin caused by sun exposure permanently increases your chances of skin cancer so the sooner you start avoiding skin cancer the better. Here are a few things you can start acting on, in order to immediately start reducing your risk of getting skin cancer:
Many conditions and diseases are more likely to occur at an older age. Lifetime risk factors, the deterioration of the body and immune system, and a lack of diet and fitness regiments all add up to a greatly increased risk of diseases such as cancer. While society is making leaps and bounds in medical advancements, new treatment methods and life prolonging procedures invented in the biotech industry take an enormous amount of funding. In Canada, the very rapidly aging population is especially in need of biotech advancements – now more than ever.
While skin cancer is well-known and well-documented, in most communities, few people differentiate between the various types. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are, unfortunately, quite prevalent (and on the rise). It is important to understand the risk factors and preventative measures for these cancer types. However, there is one rare type of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma: a deadly type of skin cancer with a low survival rate that still has no approved, specialized treatment method.
Working in the cancer industry, you become hyper-aware of carcinogens and cancer causing agents. While many consumer goods carry some risk, others can be extremely dangerous: the tanning bed trend is one of them. Often caused by an unfortunate stance on what beauty is perceived to be, many young people feel the need to spend countless hours each year participating in indoor tanning. This practice is known to greatly increase the risk of skin cancers. Despite this fact, many individuals (young women, especially) will actively use these cancer-causing agents year-round. Let’s take a minute to compare tanning beds with natural outdoor tanning:
With upsurge of mobile devices, there is no shortage of nifty app or device that can prove its function as much as its form. We wrapped up a previous blog post on reading UV Index by suggesting several free mobile apps used to track daily levels of ultraviolet radiation. It got us here at OncoSec thinking, what else is out there?
How do you reach a generation of teens more influenced by Twitter than textbooks, teens who are more tuned into YouTube than public safety announcements, more hooked in by Jersey Shore than the safety messages put out by the dermatologist? It’s become increasingly challenging to convince ever-distracted youth of the dangers of tanning. A multitude of skin cancer awareness and prevention material is distributed daily through digital and print, but how do we most effectively get through to young adults?