A recent study
has revealed that one fourth of skin cancer survivors do not wear sunscreen;
some even continue to use tanning beds.
In a recent survey carried out by
the American Association for Cancer Research
it was found that 27.3 percent of those who have had melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer
not use sunscreen. Besides this shocker, the study also revealed that 21.5 percent of them continue to use tanning beds, which have been proven to increase a
person's risk for melanoma!
cancer survivors are cautious and tend to stay in the shade more often, the
above revelations are surprising! Another significant revelation was that 35.4
percent of the general population owned admitted not using sunscreens. The
results of the study was based on the 2010 National Health Interview carried
out on 27,120 Americans
According to Dr Anees Chagpar
an associate professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, and the
study's chief author, the above results are particularly shocking, especially
the fact that cancer survivors did not use a sunscreen and some even continued
using tanning beds. Both these factors have the potential to cause a melanoma
The Skin Cancer Foundation has
revealed that melanoma is on the rise among the young
Americans will succumb to this form of skin cancer during the current year.
There are many reasons for the growing numbers, nevertheless, experts believe
that over emphasis on beauty, and the association of tanned skin with physical
attraction and health is the chief culprit.
People usually indulge in sun bathing and tanning without
knowing the side effects or the dangers involved. Both these practices can
become addictive due to the euphoric effect that sunshine can have on the brain
and that is one of the reasons why those who have had skin cancer continue to
sunbathe or use tanning beds. Another reason is that most skin cancer patients
become resigned to their situation and believe that sun exposure cannot harm
them any more as they have already been affected.
According to Dr. Ali Hendi
clinical assistant professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, the
general public is not being made aware of the consequences of constant and
long-time exposure to the sun.
A person with a history of
skin cancer is nine times more prone to develop the disease again
. Doctors and health care
experts must counsel skin cancer patients on the need to safeguard them from
the sun. Educating people is paramount, as early diagnosis can actually bring
about a effective cure.