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It's so tempting to get out and enjoy the sun. However, new research from Mayo Clinic shows that skin cancer is on the rise — especially among younger people.
Incidence of melanoma — the most deadly type of skin cancer — has dramatically increased among young women.
The recent research shows that people who frequently use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent more likely to develop skin cancers, including melanoma.
Tanning beds use lamps that expose people to a higher UVA radiation than normal sun exposure, which in turn speeds up the development of skin damage.
Most young people don't think about the consequences of using tanning beds or being out in the sun to get a tan.
This news should be a strong wake-up call to everyone on the dangers of tanning. However, it may take time to recognize that no amount of tan is really healthy.
The good news is that people are now more aware of monitoring their skin and the need to see their doctor if they notice changes. Because of this, many skin cancers are detected earlier when treatment is more effective.
Here are a few points to keep in mind regarding skin cancer:
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A tiny dark spot on the outside of my upper arm turned out to need 2 1/2 hours of surgery to remove the melanoma. See your dermatologist every year, cover up and use sun screen with a SPF of 30 or better!
I've had Basil cell on my right cheek removed. I've had five squamous cancers removed in my dermotologist's office. I also go for a complete body check every six months. If I find something suspecious I make an appointment to get checked. I've had many precancerous cells frozen from my face, chest, and back. The skin cancer was caused from playing outside when I was a child. No one ever knew about sunscreen in those days. I'm just glad my doc is good with spotting any skin problems I have. There is a lot of cancer of various types in my immedaite family, so at age 68, I'm living on the cautious side!
Hi, I am a 52yo female and i was 38yo when I saw a bump in my nose . After the biopsy I was told I now have Squamous cell carcinoma...I underwent 40 treatments of radiation and an overnight stay in the hospital for Chemotherapy treatment..My " Life is a beach " days are over and I have not missed a day of sunscreen, rain or shine!! So far so good. ..
Does a family history of skin cancer make you more vulnerable to developing it in the future? My grandma had skin cancer (not life-threatening), and it's made me paranoid for myself. I guess it's good to be cautious either way.
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your.
I was diagnosed with Merkel Cell Carcinoma which is a neuroendocrine type cancer of skin origion. It is a very rare but aggressive cancer with a very high fatality rate. Excessive sun exposure is on of the main risk factors yet you don't hear it listed along with other skin cancers like basil, squamous and the very serious one melanoma. Although rare, the rate is increasing rapidly. I feel people should be informed of this skin cancer also.
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