Overexposure to the sun can increase your chances of skin cancer
With summer around the corner, most of us are itching to get out and have some fun in the sun, but what are the risks? Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause damage to the skin, such as sunburn, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.
The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. 90 percent of all skin cancers are found on parts of the body that get the most sun exposure: the face, neck, ears, and arms.
Those with skin types that do not tan and easily burn are at the highest risk for skin cancers. People who have had any severe sunburns, or multiple sunburns, are also at a high risk for skin cancer.
Someone who resides in the Southern United States has a 50 percent greater risk of developing basal cell cancer, and four times the risk of developing squamous cell cancer.
Viagra, a sexual enhancement drug, has also been associated with the increased risk of developing skin cancer. Studies have shown it may increase a man’s chances of developing skin cancer by as much as 84 percent.
Here are some symptoms of skin cancer to look for in a mole or growth on the skin:
One half of the growth or mole does not look like the other.
2. Irregular Boarder
The edges of the growth are blurred or ragged
The color is not consistent and contains tan, brown, and black. Also look for red, white, or blue. Changes in color from the edge of the mole into the surrounding skin are signs of melanoma
The growth or mole is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser.