Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the sun and other sources, such as tanning beds. There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA and UVB are the most common and can penetrate the Earth's atmosphere, while UVC is largely absorbed by the ozone layer.
Exposure to UV radiation can have harmful effects on the skin, including sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in the cells
that produce pigment in the skin. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. Melanoma can occur on any part of the body, but it is most commonly found on the legs and arms in women and on the head and neck in men. UV radiation damages the DNA in skin cells, which can lead to the development of skin cancer. The risk of melanoma increases with prolonged and repeated exposure to UV radiation. Tanning beds, which emit UV radiation, have been linked to an increased risk of melanoma.
To reduce the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, it is important to protect your skin from UV radiation. This can be done by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen with a high SPF. It is also important to avoid tanning beds and to check your skin regularly for any changes or abnormalities. If you notice any changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of a mole or other skin growth, you should consult a dermatologist.
In conclusion, UV radiation is a leading cause of skin cancer, including melanoma. To reduce your ris
k of skin cancer, it is important to protect your skin from UV radiation by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen. Avoiding tanning beds and regularly checking your skin for changes can also help reduce your risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
If you are a sunless pro, I recommend taking the the Eyes on Cancer course to educate yourself, because we are in a position to save lives. We see our clients often, exposed, and areas they can't see for themselves, such as their back. Eyes on Cancer offers a short course on skin cancer which has helped me identify basal cell carcinoma in a client. GLOW BIG, or GO HOME!