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Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer Awareness is important in helping you to be aware of the dangers.  When you first notice that funny looking spot on your nose, you will probably kinda scratch at it as it looks dry and scaly.  The first time or two, it will probably just flake right off in the shower. 

That is only normal, isn’t it?  Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.  Let’s get a bit of Skin Cancer 101 information.  

Skin Cancer Awareness Basics

I know, you’re tired of all the warnings.  You have lived in the sun all this time and have not had a problem.  This is why this most common of skin cancers is so aggravating.  We know better.  However, we still like our life in the sun. Why We Develop Skin Cancer

Just like someone who develops diabetes 2.  You know that you need to make some changes, but you like how you are eating.  It just doesn’t seem fair that your body is suddenly not working as it always has.  

This is similar to what happens with your skin. You finally pushed the limits of your skin to heal and recover.  It is letting you know with these spots on your skin that don’t look like the rest does. The spots that are not recovering.  The DNA has been injured and altered.  Just as your internal body can no longer keep your healthy results when feeding it the wrong kinds of foods.  Change needs to happen.  

Your Awareness Of Why Skin Cancer Happens

Out of control growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost skin layer is usually referred to as skin cancer. This outer layer is made up of 3 thin layers, each one having its own layer of skin cell. This is how your skin holds your body together. You remember all this stuff, I know, just need to remind myself

You may also remember that skin cancer is a disease where malignant or cancer cells form in the tissues of the skin. They form because there has been damage to the cells and their DNA no longer reproduces itself correctly. In an effort to repair damaged cells, these unguided cells don’t know when to start or when to quit the reproduction. They operate out of control.

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The Epidermis is the outermost skin layer.  There are 3 layers in this epidermis layer

Damage is caused by DNA damage. These cells have been exposed to Ultra Violet Rays for some source,  repeatedly.  They have been damaged so bad that the DNA is no longer working properly.  Remember the skin is the biggest organ in the body.  It has a big and important part to play in your general health.

When your body can’t protect itself and repair your skin correctly, your cells do not heal themselves correctly. Your DNA, the controller of how your skin reproduces its self is not working as it should.   Your body in an effort to heal itself ends up with mutations or cells that do not grow back correctly.  

These mutations result in skin cells that multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. Remember, this is happening at the outer level of your skin.  You are showering and washing off the excess cells, and the buildup or place on your skin that is not able to heal.  While the action is going on, you are not very aware.  It flakes off, looks healthy when you dry off and you think things are going great.

You aren’t aware that this particular spot is not behaving normally.  Eventually, you will have a small lesion or a small bump or lump where those cells are collecting.  The excess cells have only two choices.  They can build up, or flake off.  A spot will probably look like a place where a scab falls off, only smaller.  Or it will have a raised spot of some description.  When cells don’t fall off they cling and make bumps.

Skin Cancer Awareness 101 

That is when you need to be aware and make sure you are covering that spot with clothing to protect yourself from more skin damage.  If not clothing, sunscreen on the face or where ever you can’t cover your skin.  Time has come for you to take responsibility for protecting your skin.  If you choose to ignore these warnings, your new best friend in a few years could well be a good dermatologist.  You will probably be visiting more often.

Most people can plan when they want to be out.  This is where you step up and really become aware of how much you can help your skin.  Be aware of how you can control when you are out in the sun.  The direct rays from 10 AM until 4 PM are the ones that do the most damage.  You need to change your times of being out.  

If you still insist on being out in the direct sun exposure times, cover up.  Protect your skin.  It really isn’t that hard to do!  Get your self a cool hat with a brim.  Wear that longsleeved shirt. Always make sure that you have your sunglasses. Wear those long pants to protect your legs.  Your skin must be protected.  More information about being sun ready

Start with the hat and sunglasses. The shirt protects your shoulders, neck, chest, back and arms.  Your hands will need lots of sunscreen if the cuffs of the shirt don’t come down and protect the tops of your hands.  This is a number one place for long-lasting sun damage.  Protect yourself.  

If you are self-conscious about wearing a shirt when everyone else is shirtless, make sure the shirt is comfortable and looks good.  You can start the day without out a shirt in the sun, using sunscreen.  Then about 10 AM quietly slip it on.  Then after 4 PM, you can again go shirtless, after reapplying sunscreen.  You just don’t need to hit the golf course at 1 PM without a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves, gloves.  Sunscreen,  Protect yourself.

Skin Cancer Warning For Darker Toned Skin

Just a word here for those of you with darker colored skin you are also exposing yourself to the sun’s damaging effects.  You may not sunburn, although a large part of the darker-skinned population burns pretty quickly. 

You will be seeing the effects of the sun’s damage to your skin and the way it ages you.  Those creases and wrinkles are sun damage.  At the corner of the eye, along the cheek line on the neck.  Around the mouth. Overexposure to the suns rays carries some penalities.  

All those lines are signs of sun damage.  You must protect yourself like your lighter skinned toned sun-loving friends and family.  This damage may not lead to skin cancer, as quickly. But the damage will not be something you want to live with the rest of your life.  Your skin will make you look older than you are. 

Now, about skin cancer, if you are one who develops the spots on your body that is precancerous, you should be able to see it.  Take this warning and cover your skin up and wear your sunscreen. Heed the warnings of too much direct sun ray exposure time.  Know that avoiding the direct sun will be a  skin-saving tactic. 

Skin Cancer Awareness Basics

The 4 types of skin cancer that we see the most are:

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
Melanoma
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)

This article will be staying with the most common, SCC.  

Quite often your dermatologist will treat this kind of early skin cancer with a prescription cream to be applied, to help the affected area shed the bad cells and allow the good ones around to take over.  

Another line of defence at early levels involve “freezing” the surface area which will peel, and ideally reveal heeled skin.  These treatments can be very effective and quick.  Your dermatologist may have another treatment he or she will use.  There are several avenues for treating this first round of skin cancer.  The treatments come with the encouragement to take more steps to cover the skin.  Avoid direct sunlight hours.  Use sunscreen.

This is definitely a game where prevention is the wiser choice.  Treatment may be easy at this level, but needing treatment is a sign that you are not using your preventative skills very well.  How do you improve your prevention? Through awareness.  Skin cancer 101 protection from the sun starts with your awareness.  

 

Learn the terminology that is used in treating skin cancer.  Know what your dr is talking about with his diagnosis,  Work with your professional people to make sure your skin stays healthy.  You need that sack that you call your skin to keep you healthy.

Just a word here- In an effort to help you become aware of what is happening to your skin when you get too much sun no pledges to stay out of the sun for the rest of your life.  Please do pledge to take better care of yourself and your loved ones.

 

Notes
  • Your skin is your body’s largest organ.
  • It protects you from the heat and the sunlight.
  • Protects you from injury and infection.
  • Your skin also helps control body temperature.
  • Reserves your supply of water, fat and vitamin D
  • Your skin has several layers, the upper or outer layer (epidermis) and the lower or inner layer(dermis) The epidermis is where skin cancer starts. This is made up of three kinds of skin cells
  • Thin, flat cells that form the top layer of the epidermis.- Squamous cells Round cells under the squamous cells.- Basal cells
  • Cells that make your melanin and are found in the lower part of the epidermis are called- Melanocytes
  • Melanin gives skin its natural color or pigment. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes make more pigment and cause the skin to darken.

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