The Dangers of Skin Cancer. Are we educated enough?. Statement of the Problem. Even though we have been educated on the dangers of skin cancer and its prevention, Melanoma/skin cancer continues to increase at an alarming rate. Background leading to the problem . Lack of Knowledge
Are we educated enough?
Even though we have been educated on the dangers of skin cancer and its prevention, Melanoma/skin cancer continues to increase at an alarming rate.
“No big deal?”
YES! It is a big deal.
There's more evidence on the hazards of tanning beds. Baking under their artificial lamps as little as once a month can boost your risk of a deadly form of skin cancer by 55% -- and the danger is even greater when done in early adulthood.
Basal cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinomas
In terms of cancer types; skin cancer history was most strongly tied to liver cancer, followed by Hodgkin disease, leukemia, and lung cancer.
Women who have had the most common forms of skin cancer are 2.3 times as likely to also get deadlier cancers such as breast, lung, and colon.
Avoid sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
When outdoors use SPF 15 or higher
without SPF 15 reddening takes 20 mins
with SPF 15 reddening takes 5 hours (reapply every 2 hours & after swimming)
Several sunburns over course of a lifetime can double/ triple melanoma risk no matter when sunburns occurredPossible Solutions
Clouds/ Haze- water droplets magnify UV rays.
Latitude- closer to the equator, more potent sun rays.
Altitude- UV radiation increases 4-5% every 1000 ft. above sea level.
Reflection- water, sand, concrete and snow reflect 90% of UV rays.
Photosensitive Reactions- medicines for acne or antibiotics
Sun Screen! Sun Screen! Sun Screen!
*Do a personal skin cancer profile.
*For more information visit www.aad.org
*Call the Skin Cancer Institute at