Sunburn and Melanoma – Be Aware of Dangers – You Are Warned!Frank Jordan
Sunburn can do much more in extreme than just being painful and a skin peeling experience; including cancer. Going to the water from beach to pool and getting a golden tan while enjoying the warm sun is sought by millions. Did you know a burn from sun is the skin’s response to DNA damage to the skin cells ranging from temporary to permanent? Are you one of the ones who knows but consider a vanity skin glow more important than potential health risks?
Did you know the reddish burn is caused by the body sending blood to the skin to repair excess sun damage? Too much of a good thing and you can not only burn your skin and eyes, but also suffer nausea, inflammation, fever and even dangerous sun stroke and/or cancer.
But why does my skin tan after a burn; that is if it doesn’t peel off? The answer is ultraviolet radiation, or UVB rays, are responsible for delayed pigment darkening called tanning, usually about 2 days after the burn. Tanning usually continues 10-14 days, but many “sunbathe” hours a day including a tanning bed, seeking a constant golden tan. Let’s hope that’s all they get.
Occasional tanning is ok, but obsessive tanning is not healthy, as evidenced by permanent parchment like, wrinkled, sun damaged skin common on aging or with over-indulgent sun addicts. Nothing pretty about dried up crinkled chicken-skin on a sun-damaged sun worshiper due to excessive sun exposure; especially after age 40 when essential skin immune cells begin to naturally decline. Common sense priorities make good sense for skin health at any age, but especially when negatives begin.
A tan occurs because your skin cells are trying to protect against DNA damage by sending pigment to shroud the nucleus of the skin cell; thus, creating an umbrella to the DNA of the cell to shield the body from further heat trauma.
As to sun protection, a tan equates to an SPF of 2; totally inadequate for sun damage protection. Use an SPF of 50 combined with a product such as NSC ImmuSkin Cream, as the first protects from UV rays, while the second enhances your skin immune cells that are subject to sun damage and destruction. If you are determined to tan, prepare your skin and immune cells.
Tan damage caused by excess sun is to the skin what drinking alcohol is to the liver, drugs to the brain or smoke to the lungs. Yes, natural vitamin D is preferable to a pill, but 10 to 15 minutes daily of sunshine will provide needed vitamin D and contribute to good health. After that, cover up! Cosmetic beauty is fleeting, while skin damage is forever! The enjoyment of a nice tan converts to being subject to various treatments and cosmetic remedies attempting to repair, overcome and hide sunburn skin damage temporarily that eventually is permanent.
The American Cancer Society estimates for melanoma in the U.S.in 2022 about 99,780 new melanomas will be diagnosed with 57,180 for men and 42,600 in women. About 7,650 folks are expected to die (cancer.org). Don’t be one of the estimated 5 million+ now experiencing melanoma.
Many think they can just have melanomas repeatedly surgically removed and then sun again. But don’t kid yourself that melanomas are just an annual procedure to remove from your body. There will be that moment when this vanity cancer spreads or metastasizes as a potential malignant threat to health and even life. More serious melanoma treatment can require chemotherapy and immunotherapy. For immune system potentiation when and if you sun, use NSC-24 or NSC-100 MG Beta Glucan and NSC ImmuSkin Cream plus a high SPF cream.
Frankly speaking, have a great adventure under the sun, but don’t let excesses seriously damage your skin or eyes, even causing cancer that can not only decrease your enjoyment, but your life.