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Sunburn: Are you Deliberately putting Yourself at Risk?

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Studies have shown that even one blistering sunburn in a person’s life (and most severe burns happen during childhood) doubles the possibility of developing malignant melanoma. (University of Notre Dame)

The following statistics are from the Skin Cancer Foundation at www.skincancer.org.:

• More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

• Each year more new cases of skin cancers are diagnosed than all the incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers COMBINED.

• One in five American will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

• About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

• Every 62 minutes one person dies of melanoma.

• The incidence of melanoma is rising at a faster rate than any of the seven other most common cancers, of which the incidence is decreasing.

• Melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

• Women aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing malenoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.

• Frequent tanners using new high-pressure sunlamps may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to the dose they receive from sun exposure.

• Indoor ultraviolet tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

• Asian-American and African-American melanoma patients have a greater tendency than Caucasians to present with advanced disease at the time of diagnosis because of their darker pigmentation.

Heard enough? (If you wish to read more statistics please visit the skincancer.org listed in the sources.)

Protecting yourself from Sunburn

Luckily, the same statistics show that survival with melanoma has increased from 49 percent from 1950-1954 to 92 percent from 1996-2003, and the survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected before the tumor has penetrated the skin is about 99 percent. (Skincancer.com)

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Thank you for your suggestion.

Don't know about about ordinary sunscreens being toxic, but it is always good to find out about natural products as an alternative.

October 22, 2011 - 3:53pm
EmpowHER Guest

Every second of sun exposure damages your skin, and avoiding sun damage is one of the most important steps you can take to maintaining your skin's youthful appearance. However, one problem is that most sunscreen lotions are toxic. So what do you do? A product called Sunsafe Rx is a nutritional supplement that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays while also being great for your skin and eyes. It is a really amazing, new, natural products. There is more information on the Sunsafe Rx website.

October 22, 2011 - 2:58pm
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