GETTING sunburnt once as a kid can increase the risk of melanoma later in life by 50 cents, one doctor has claimed.
Dr Monty Lyman, who researches dermatology, cited a study that also suggested white women "who gets One severe sunburn in childhood reportedly increases the risk of melanoma later on in life by 50 per cent ” class=”lazyload” data-src=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/NINTCHDBPICT000238838794.jpg” data-credit=”Getty Images – Getty” data-sizes=”(max-width: 375px) 335px, (max-width: 520px) 480px, 620px”
Dr Lyman writes in the Mail On Sunday: "Current research suggests that while many people are severely sunburned as children never develop skin cancer, one blistering sunburn in childhood increases the risk of melanoma later on in life by 50 per cent.
"In the Western world particularly, the explosion in skin cancer rates over the past few decades – partly caused by che ap holidays to countries with hot climates such as Spain and Greece – is now a major public health crisis. "
He adds the price of treating cancer alone to the NHS £ 500million by 2025.
Skin damage – even from mild tans – can accumulate over the years, according to the researcher
Dr Lyman says everyone should be wearing sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days.
The ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – both damage our skin , but in two different ways
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UVA contributes to tanning and was originally thought to cause cancer, but new evidence shows it can initiate and accelerate skin development. ] It also speeds up the aging process through skin deterioration and wrinkling by being able to travel further to our skin than UVB rays.
Dy Lyman recommends British wear and broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB and has an SPF or lease 15.
Symptoms of skin cancer
In the UK, around 13,300 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year.
It's a disease which involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells, and it can o This damage can trigger triggers mutations, or genetic defects, which lead the cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
Macmillan's ABCDE list helps you know what to look for:
A – Asymmetrical moles – irregular in shape
B – Border of a mole – blurred or has jagged edges
C – Color of a mole – if a mole has more than one color
D – Diameter (width) – irregular moles are usually larger than 7mm
E – Evolving – melanoma moles often change (evolve)
Sunburn does not cause skin cancer but it increases your chances of developing the disease. Cancer Research UK says: "Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer.
" In the UK almost 9 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding using sunbeds. ”
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