Like all other forms of cancer, skin cancer is a scary thought. However, there are many obvious defenses you take against the dangers of skin cancer. The development of skin cancer may take many years and it may be a long time before the cancerous cells cause any significant damage, yet there is no better time to begin protecting yourself than the present. If you have very fair skin or have a history of skin cancer in your family it is of particular importance that you be cautious as you are more susceptible to the dangers posed by sun exposure.
While tanning out in the sun on a hot day can be quite relaxing, it can also be a potential invitation for cancerous cells. Thus minimizing your exposure to the sun during the time of day when the sun’s ray are the most intense, being 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, is highly advised. If you cannot avoid being in the sun for an extended period of time then you should apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15 to all areas of the body visible to the sun. Be sure to reapply every so often as well. Being sure to wear clothing that properly protects areas of the body that have been burned in previous years is advisable as well.
If you attend tanning parlors frequently you are also increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Though the ultraviolet light emitted by a tanning bed is essentially artificial, it is no less dangerous than the light emitted by the sun. If anything the direct exposure received in a tanning bed has the potential to become more dangerous, especially since one can attend tanning parlors all year round. It is also vitally important for children to be especially well protected from the sun, as they are more susceptible to skin damage from ultraviolet light.