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Sunscreen Vital for Melanoma (Skin Cancer) Prevention

Among many scientists’ debates about sunscreen usage, there is a rising dilemma for consumers, as some say there are many cons, and some say vice versa. A consumer has to do a self-study about what exactly sunscreens do for our skin protection from UVA ultraviolet light. According to NIH, in Canada, 80,000 skin cancer cases have been seen every year as of 2014, and 5 million new cases every year in the US.

The most heinous skin cancer that leads to death is melanoma. Sunscreen use reduces the risk of squamous cell and melanoma skin cancers. The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends the use of an adequate dose of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 for most children and adults, as part of a comprehensive photoprotection strategy.

According to AADA (American Academy of Dermatology Association), more than 1 million are living with melanoma skin cancer. Women under 50 are more than men under 50 in these cases. White skin color is a higher rate (3%) of melanoma skin cancer compared to black (0.1%), Hispanic (0.5%), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1.3%), and Native American (1%) during their lifetimes. When black people get skin cancer, the cancer itself spreads through lymph nodes to other organs. Thus, no race is safe from skin cancer.

Of course, several factors are threatening the environment due to the use of sunscreen, such as the chemicals in the sunscreen which is an Ultraviolet filter found in the fishes, and water may be harmful too. However, still, use of sunscreen is a way of protecting our skin from UVA rays. Many dermatologists suggest applying sunscreen for the whole body to protect from unwanted skin cancers.

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