Sunscreen and Skin Cancer Prevention

Sunscreen and Skin Cancer

The causes of many types of cancer remain largely unknown, with one glaring exception. Sunscreen and skin cancer have an important relationship, because sunscreen has been proven to prevent skin cancer. There are three types of skin cancer. Although the most rare, melanoma is possibly the better known of the trio. This could be due to the fact that most everyone has moles, and changing moles are one of the first signs and symptoms of skin cancer of the melanoma variety. Basal cell carcinoma, is the most common form, but the most easily treated. The lesser known squamous cell carcinoma falls in the middle of the other two in terms of commonality, and also falls in the middle in terms of severity and treatability.

It seems unlikely that given the proven correlation between sunscreen and skin cancer that everyone would use it and nobody would ever be afflicted with any of the three types of this condition. But somehow, even when provided with a solution, some people still fail to use this potentially lifesaving drug store product. Worse yet, even when science has proven sun exposure to be the cause of skin cancer and science has screamed and shouted about tanning bed dangers for years, people still flock to tanning salons.

We have genuinely been given a protective device to allow us to enjoy the sun’s healthful benefits for reasonable periods of time without physical damage to our bodies, yet the link between sunscreen and skin cancer still goes unnoticed. Parents lather their babies to prevent sunburn, but do they realize that this preventative measure could possibly protect their child from cancer later in life?

Sunscreen and skin cancer go hand in hand, but it’s not the only method you should employ. Sun hats, covering exposed skin, limiting exposure and avoiding sunburns are all additional ways to prevent skin cancer. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of this condition, see your doctor immediately as prompt treatment is critical to diagnose, stage and treat the potential area. If found early, many types are easily treatable, however, the old phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should be taken quite literally in the case of skin cancer.