Dermatologist inspecting melanoma

The Rise Is Worrying – How Skin Cancer Can Be Costly For You

Dermatologist inspecting melanoma

Currently, obesity seems not to be on top of the list anymore, as cases of skin cancer is on the rise with the costs associating with the treatment increases as five times as fast as other types of cancer treatments according to American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Specifically speaking, the overall cost spent annually from $3.6 billion from 2002 to $8.1 billion until 2011 with the increase of 126% compared with other types of cancer that increases by teeny amount of 25%. Sounds alarming, doesn’t it, as it’s not just about the diseases itself but rather a whole truth when it comes to treating and fighting it, and sadly, the skin cancer we’re talking about is melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Hence not surprisingly, beauty experts and dermatologists alike are all whole-heartedly campaigning on the importance of using a sunscreen on daily basis, as well as taking steps to minimise the effect of UV rays from hitting your skin – and you can see the urges to wear sunscreen like, anywhere even to the point that it can be annoying to some people.

Well, I suppose with the alarming rate of skin cancer incident, you might be thankful for the reminders.

And by now, you might take notice of what kind of clothes you’re wearing when you’re under the sun (or perhaps wondering if you did apply a sunscreen this morning) so for the peace of mind, read the following rules and repeat it like a mantra, for the sake of you and your skin.

Stay indoors, especially during midday hours, when the sun rays are the brightest and strongest; cover yourself up during the day, to provide ample protection from the sun (even your cotton t-shirt has an SPF value, you know); ditch tanning beds in favor of self-tanner that are perfectly safe and still able to make you look gorgeous; and of course, a broad-spectrum sunscreen (that block and reflect both UVA and UVB) with SPF value 30 or higher, daily at all costs.

It’s also a good idea to keep track of any skin lesions and moles that may pop out anywhere on your body. Or better yet, have a dermatologist to give you a full body examination, so you can be rest assured to minimise any potential skin cancer risks.

Simple enough to follow and yet, it’s unfortunate we tend to ignore these tips that are bound to save our life.

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