Can it be that the sun is totally to blame for what causes skin cancer?
Considering the weakened immune systems passed down to the majority of Americans today, along with the carelessness of each new generation about overexposing themselves to the sun, ...then YES, it could be said the Sun is one of the biggest causes of skin cancer.
I use the words "biggest causes" for your benefit, as I don't want anyone thinking that somehow they will not get skin cancer if they spend much time exposing themselves to Ultraviolet Rays.
You may be unpleasantly surprised if you don't use caution in the sun.
If it wasn't for those two very important factors (weakened immune system and sun worshiping), the skin cancer rate would be considerably less, as it was in much earlier generations.
Did we not have as much sun shining generations ago as we do today?
Obviously, we did!
So more importantly than blaming the sun for what causes skin cancer, we have been doing something else wrong.
causes of skin cancer are a set of circumstances that fall into place that
result in skin cancer.
The following Factors all come into play, in varying degrees, resulting in some type of skin cancer.
They probably do not ALL apply to what causes skin cancer with any one person, but I know that at least 1, 2, or more do.
• The sun - ...better said, "overexposure" to the sun. Remember, we've had the sun since day 1 and it's always been needed to sustain life for every living creature and creation. Without the sun, all life perishes and with too much sun, all life perishes. Find your healthy relationship with the sun and you have a Friend.
• Tanning beds - ...better said, unsafe tanning beds. Between X-Rays, the Electromagnetic Field coming from magnetic ballasts and the overexposure, you have a recipe for skin cancer (Melanoma). See Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer
• Your complexion - ...light Caucasian fair skin provides less protection from the suns UVA rays because it has less pigmentation (melanin). This often is the cause of Melanoma. This does not mean that people with dark skin will not get skin cancer.
• Family history - can be what causes skin cancer in some. You have a higher risk if someone in your immediate Family has experienced skin cancer. Important: You can change your family tree!
• Sunscreen causes cancer - Why do some people say that? Because it can be true! Many sunscreens are not safe. A study by the Environmental Working Group revealed that less than 2% of sunscreens are both 'low hazard' and 'effective'. This is largely because the other 98% contain potentially harmful chemicals. If a sunscreen does not provide sufficient protection from UVA rays, you are at risk for Melanoma. Look at Safe Sunscreens and Sunscreen Facts.
• Personal history is also what causes skin cancer. Quite simply, if you've had it once, you have a greater risk to have it again.
• History of sun burns - is what causes skin cancer in a growing number of young people ...Sunburn Damages your skin. If done repeatedly, you are at a higher risk which may not occur until an older age. Note that more young people are getting skin cancer because of too much overexposure without protection.
• Weak immune system - poor health due to poor nutrition is another of the causes of skin cancer. A healthy diet and lifestyle is needed to correct a weak Immune System. Sunshine without overexposure will help by supplying Vitamin D.
• A large number of moles and/or freckles - ...persons with lots of Moles and freckles are at a higher risk of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, particularly in areas exposed to the sun regularly. Add suntanning and Tanning Beds to the equation and it is an invitation to skin cancer/melanoma.
• Skin lesions - ...lesions that don't heal, may bleed easily and won't go away. These are often found to be Basal Cell. They also could be dry, rough, scaly patches of skin, called Actinic Keratosis, that could develop into Squamous Cell Carcinoma. These usually occur on older people, 40 and up, especially in the 60's. I would not rule out much younger people nowadays, especially women under 40. It is the result of a one time or accumulative Sun Damage during younger years.
• Fragile skin tissue - should not be overlooked in what causes skin cancer. If your skin has been burned, received Radiation treatments or treated for other skin conditions, you are more susceptible to sun damage or skin cancer.
• Culture of your country - countries that have a culture of not shedding most of their clothing and don't spend very much time sunbathing at the beach or elsewhere have a lower skin cancer rate. Cultures that encourage the shedding of clothes, sunbathing, and tanning beds contribute to the causes of skin cancer and are what can cause melanoma. Japan, China, Maldives, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Somalia all have a low rate of skin cancer. Australia and the US are at the top of the list for a high rate of skin cancer, especially among young people.
Don't forget that skin cancer, even melanoma, is highly curable when caught in the early stages.
But don't lose hope, even if it progresses ..expect the unexpected!
Even if a person's cancer reaches the point where the medical profession offers little or no hope, many still survive and live a healthy, long and normal life.
I would like you to take a look at this woman's website and the alternative treatment she had when hope from the medical profession was reduced to 3 months.
...And don't leave this site without reading My Story.
I believe the treatments would have killed me a long time ago if I hadn't began a Healthy Diet and lifestyle.
Don't ever give up hope!
I hope this information on What Causes Skin Cancer has been helpful and that you begin now to prevent it or reverse it by doing the things you can control.
You can control whether you sunburn or not ..or overexpose ..or use a safe sunscreen ..or do self skin exams, just to mention a few cautions you can take.
You can control more of your health than you realize!
Links related to Causes of Skin Cancer:
10 Most Popular Skin Cancer Links
Cancerous Moles - Melanoma
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
Five Signs of Skin Cancer
Home Remedy Mole Removal
Actinic Keratosis - Sun Damage
Melanoma - No big deal, it’s just skin cancer – by Nick
Actual History of Skin Cancer
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Blog
Skin Cancer critical? Enjoy life? Gary does too!
Gary, the publisher, grew up during the 40’s and 50’s in
Massachusetts. Most people didn’t get any type of cancer until they were older.
There really wasn’t any focus on good health, prevention and being on an
exercise program. Like many, he enjoyed a more active lifestyle.
He spent lots of time in the sun and ate the mainstream American diet. In his 30’s, he began working out at the gym and taking a lot of vitamin supplements.
At age 47, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer, head and neck cancer or throat cancer.
This type of skin cancer can grow inside your body, although it originally appeared on his skin.
He was shocked, filled with fears, emotions and questions. “Will I survive?”..He determined YES!
He chose an alternative medicine approach focused on healthy eating/lifestyle with the guidance of several counselors.
However his cancer continued inside his throat and he feared that if it doesn’t stop soon, he may not survive.
At that critical and frightening point, he began to consent with all the conventional treatments the medical doctors were advising; chemotherapy, major surgery, followed by radiation.
The treatments almost killed him and to this day (since 1990) he deals with life-changing side effects.
Given 5 years to survive, later told 10, he’s been surviving since 1990.
He wants to awaken you to skin cancer and how serious any cancer can be. This site is his passion to share his experiences and the experiences of others who wish to share their stories.
You can find support, encouragement and help making decisions through him and others as well.
He believes a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential to all healing and prevention.
Gary believes that this should be the first choice when facing disease and conventional medicine as the alternative.
He strongly recommends seeing counselors (alternative and conventional) before deciding on your own.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
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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