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(article provided to you from SkinInc)

?Fry now, pay later.? These ominous words are from a recent skin cancer awareness advertising campaign. Unfortunately, they are 100% accurate when it comes wto the sun and your skin.

In addition to basking in the warm rays while playing at the beach, gardening, engaging in sports and enjoying picnics, year-round tanning bed use is on the rise. WebMD Medical News states that, on an average day in the US, more than 1 million people visit tanning salons?and at an increasingly younger age?despite its proven link to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

A greater number of people at even purchased their own tanning bed. They use it daily to feel better about their appearance, whether it is to get a little color or to look thinner. Because tanning beds utilize UVA rays instead of the more carcinogenic UVB rays, even some professionals within the esthetic industry erroneously believe that indoor tanning is safe. Bottom line: There is no such thing as a safe tan. In actuality, the skin responds to the injury inflicted by sun exposure by producing melanin, which creates the coveted bronze glow. Therefore, every time you tan, you do cumulative damage to your skin, accelerating the aging process and increasing the risk of contracting skin cancer.

There is NO disputing the fact that the sun is good for you?it produces vitamin D in the body and lifts your spirits?but a little bit goes a long way. We must continue to educate people about its dangers due to the depletion of the ozone layer, which causes rays to become more harmful to the skin. Regardless of their sex or age, become sun sensible!

The Glaring Truth

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as malignant melanoma, may occur at any given moment. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), more than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year in the US alone.

These enemies of the skin can lead to biopsies, permanent scarring and even death. Among those who are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, the AAD projects that 8,000 will die from it. Physicians agree that early detection and removal offer the best chance for survival. For information on how to prevent and treat skin cancer, log on to the AAD web site here.

An Arsenal of Protection

When it comes to the war on skin cancer, make sure you are well stocked with sunscreen lotions, lip balms/glosses that contain sunscreen, facial & hand creams that contain SPF?s, nail polish with sunscreens (they do exist), hair care products that have sunscreens, hat and sunglasses. Another alternative is spray tanning or sunless tan treatments.
 

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I know all too well....the reprocusions (please don't even correct my horrible spelling - he he he). My skin now, former sun goddess, is really paying the price and I'm so much more aware and very sensitive now!
 

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I'm so worried about the sun damage I did when I was a kid. I've heard it stays with you for life. So all of those beach days when I was 5 are going to cause problems for me later?
 
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