Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer For People With Fair Skin

Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer

According to a research study, the number of incidences of malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma among fair skinned people is increasing. The reason for this increase is thought to be a moderate-high exposure to UV radiations. With so much false information out there about the use of sun lamps, fluorescent UV tanning beds, fake tanning lotions, it is vital for everyone to spend some time educating themselves about the causes and ways to prevent skin cancer. However, while everyone should be careful with sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer, people with fair skin should be most cautious as their skin is more sensitive, prone to burning and other negative skin reactions, and is thus less protected against skin cancer.

The FDA and the AAD advise the general public to learn what their skin type is in order to know what level of sun exposure is safe for them. There are 6 skin types, with the type I being the most sensitive and easiest to burn. One of the best ways to prevent skin cancer for people with fair skin is to find out through their doctor what their skin type is. This will help assess the amount of safe sun exposure for their skin type and identify the amount of protection their skin will need in order to not get burned or be subject to a skin cancer threat. Generally, people with fair skin should tan less and regularly use stronger sun block – SPF 30 or higher.

According to multiple studies, fluorescent UV beds have the same spectrum as the mid-day sun. This kind of UVA exposure for prolonged periods and in increased dosages can be very harmful to the skin and is linked to increased risk of skin melanoma. There are many studies that establish a possible link between tanning beds and skin cancer. Fake tanning lotions that are available on the market can cause repeated sun burns further increasing the risk of skin cancers.

The signs and symptoms of skin cancer can be different, depending on the type of skin cancer. Non-melanoma type (squamous-cell and basal-cell carcinoma) skin cancer warning signs are actinic keratosis (formation of red, rough bumps on the face, ears, back of the hands and scalp) and the formation of an non-healing sore respectively.

Melanoma or skin neoplasia is a more dangerous type of skin cancer that tends to spread throughout the body very quickly. There are certain guidelines you can look into to differentiate a cancerous mole from a normal one as not all changing spots and moles indicate melanoma.

In order to tan safely, people with pale skin should initially expose their skin to the sun or a tanning bed for very short amounts of time. Depending on how the skin reacts, the amount of time could be gradually increased. When using a tanning bed, it is generally recommended to allow 24 to 72 hours to pass before the next tanning session in order for the tan to be developed without any skin irritations. The key is not to rush the process. Don’t forget that too much tanning and aging skin are closely interconnected, especially for people with fair and thus more sensitive skin.

All types of skin cancers are best prevented and hence it is vital to look into prevention methods, which is especially vital for people with fair skin. Reducing your exposure to sunlight (especially in mid-day hours), avoiding fluorescent UV beds, traditional tanning beds, fake tanning lotions, application of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20-30 are some of the ways to prevent skin cancer.

Research studies show that vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of skin cancer and hence taking natural vitamin D supplements or spending some time in the early morning sunlight can be very beneficial.

According to a recent study, sun-tan lotions that induce cellular melanogenesis (melanin production) and prepared from the rind or citrus products by hydrolysis (increase naringenin in the citrus extracts that promotes melanin production), can be very effective in inducing a tan while simultaneously being one of the ways to prevent skin cancer. So, if you want to get a tan, consider finding a sun tan lotion that contains citrus hydrolysates. However, if you have a very pale skin, it is best to consult your dermatologist for the best sun tan product for your skin type.