Skin cancer is on the rise and more and more young people are diagnosed than ever before. Ultraviolet light exposure, a chronically suppressed immune system, and/or exposure to ionizing radiation (X-rays) are some of the potential risk factors that contribute to different types of skin cancers.
The relieving part is that nearly all skin cancers can be treated effectively, if they are detected at an early stage. Thus, coupled with yearly skin exams by a doctor it is very vital to conduct a self-examination of your skin at least once a month to ensure that you do not become another skin cancer statistic.
This post will help you learn how to protect your skin and what you can do to detect skin cancer early, when it is most treatable. Also included are healing essential oils that help treat skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. 1 in 50 people born today will be diagnosed with melanoma. But, most people do not realize that skin cancer is highly preventable. In fact, it is the most preventable types of cancer. The following Infographic will give you a better understanding of the disease.
If there are unusual moles, sores, lumps, blemishes, markings, or changes in the way an area of the skin looks or feels, it could possibly be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer. You can also look out for new spots on the skin, appearance of a mole, sores that don’t heal, redness or spread of pigment from the border of a spot into surrounding skin.
Skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions, changes that are not cancer, but could become cancer over time. Some early signs to recognize skin cancer could be asymmetry in moles, blurred or uneven edges, different and changing colors, and change in shape and size of the mole.
You may be prone to skin cancer if you have freckles on underexposed skin, experience burning sensation on your skin but rarely tan. If you have blue, grey or green eyes, your skin color is fair to beige and has golden undertones. To prevent skin cancer, use a broad spectrum sunscreen and supplements, after consulting your doctor.
Some causes of skin cancer are not applying enough sunscreen. Buy sunscreens with broad spectrum and avoid too much sun. In case your sunscreen gets washed off, make it a point to re-apply. Ensure that your sunscreens also offer UVA protection. Completely avoid indoor tanning beds and go for tanning solutions instead to minimize or avoid risk of skin cancer.
Tanning beds use amplified UV rays, both UV-A and UV-B to speed up the process of tanning. This is dangerous as UV are harmful to the human body and have shown to cause skin cancer, especially melanoma in the past. Keep tanning in general to a limit, long hours of exposure to UV rays can cause premature ageing, eye damage and sunburn.
Beta-elemene in frankincense oil suppresses tumor growth and triggers destruction of cancer cells. Black raspberry seed oil is rich in skin nurturers – Vit A and E, and contains flavonoids that prevent metastasis of cancers. Myrrh oil kills cancer cells and also cures eczema, ringworm, and itches. Sandalwood essential oil inhibits the multiplication of cancer cells by damaging their DNA.