Effects of ultraviolet radiation and your health

The effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun can be damaging ...or you can make it a benefit to your health.

If you are a sunbather and you have had one or more sunburns beginning in childhood may get skin cancer, sooner or later in your lifetime.

Furthermore, continued overexposure to ultraviolet rays could give you cataracts.

One way to help avoid cataracts as you age is to use moderation or protection in the sun light.

This is not a major cause of cataracts but why take the risk with your eyes.

Using moderation in the sun can allow your body to manufacture its own vitamin D and actually increase your immune system.

Getting your natural vitamin D from the effects of ultraviolet radiation on your skin is the best source available to mankind. Just be sure to NEVER OVEREXPOSE to UV rays.

If your risk of skin cancer is high and/or it’s not feasible for you to be spending time in the sun, you could consider a safe tanning bed or taking vitamin D supplements. Your health is a major contributing factor to whether or not you get skin cancer or any disease.

A strong immune system will help fight off all cancers and chronic disease, including any types of skin cancer.

Slowing down aging versus premature aging

There just aren’t many who are looking for premature aging of their skin when they decide to lay out in those ultraviolet rays and start baking.

You want a different result ...a healthy radiant glow!

But here’s what results when you have sunburn and years of tanning behind you during your life.

• Premature aging of your skin, which is called photoaging. This means it happened as a result of long term sun exposure rather than becoming older. Photoaging makes you look older than your chronological age.

• Signs of aging appearing in your 30’s and possibly even younger

• Fine line wrinkling, freckles and expanded capillaries on face and areas most exposed.

• Brown spots, moles and other skin lesions could develop.

• Loss of skin elasticity at a younger age


Is that what you want?

I doubt it!

You really want to look good ...the nice tan, healthy, radiant looking skin ...but think about what can happen!

If I could give you any advice at all, I’d say take care of your health and approach it from within as well as without.

Use moderation in the sun to avoid any of these bad effects of ultraviolet radiation and only take advantage of the good ones.

Make the sun your friend.

Links related  to Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation:

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
Are Tanning Beds Safe

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!