Friday, September 21st, 2012
With the risks and warnings that have been discovered regarding tanning as a practice, several myths have also come into play as well. One of such myths is that getting a base tan is safe and that it will even protect your skin. However, this could not be farther from the truth. Ultraviolet radiation, no matter where it is from, is dangerous and contributes to not only aging but skin cancer as well.
Melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers mostly result from exposure to sunlight. Even the “browning” aspect of a skin tan results from damaged DNA and other material present in the skin structure, heightening the risks of skin cancer.
Since the sun has clearly become associated with skin cancer, it is important to try your best to avoid sun tans and sunburns by doing any of the following during the summer:
Under no circumstance should newborns be exposed to sunlight, and sunscreen should always be applied on children six-months and older before heading outdoors. Regular visits to the doctor and self-examination for any skin conditions should also be carried out frequently.
Dr. Amir Bajoghli became Associate Clinical professor of Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds academic appointments at Georgetown University Schools of Medicine and has been named top doctor by Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine. He is currently practicing as a dermatologist and owner of Skin & Laser Surgery Center PC with offices in Tysons Corner, Woodbridge, and Stafford Virginia.
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