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Understanding UV Rays to Protect From Melanoma

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Posted 03/10/13

There is a direct link between exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and the risk of developing melanoma cancer. Most people are aware of this danger and always put sunscreen on when they go to the beach. However, this may not be sufficient.


Melanoma Cancer and UV Radiation Exposure

The UV radiation is part of the spectrum of light which comes to our planet from the sun. It is wrongly assumed that the amount of radiation which reaches the surface of the Earth and everything and everyone on it during cloudy days is smaller.

It has been estimated that some 80 per cent of all harmful rays of the sun go through the clouds. Hence, you need equally good melanoma cancer protection when you go outside on a cloudy day. Do not miss to put sufficient amount of sunscreen on.

It is cold during the winter and we all love the snow. However, it is a common misconception that the amount of ultraviolet radiation is lower during this season. Even though the temperature changes and the rays of the sun do not fall on the ground at the angle at which they fall during the summer, the amount of UV radiation is more or less the same.

In fact, the situation can become much worse when there is snow around. Its white and smooth surface reflects 80 per cent of the UV rays so you get even greater exposure to this type of radiation.

The main point to remember is that you need to take effective melanoma cancer preventive measures irrespective of the weather and the season. It has been suggested that UV radiation protection should be used even by people who stay indoors next to a window during the day and by drivers.

Glass stops most of the UVB rays, but between 30 and 50 per cent of the UVA rays can get through. These were not considered cancer-causing, but recent studies have found them to be linked to some types of skin cancer such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma Cancer: More Efficient Prevention

The main things which you can do are to get a better sunscreen and to apply it more frequently. It is essential for you to apply sunscreen on all parts of the body which are directly exposed to UV radiation.

Do not miss to cover the area under the chin and under the nose. Apply some amount of the cream or lotion on the ears. You should certainly protect your feet during the summer when you wear sandals or flip-flops.

Melanoma cancer can be effectively prevented with regular screening.