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Can UV rays cause skin cancer?

・Does UV rays cause skin cancer?
Have. When people are exposed to ultraviolet light, genes in skin cells are damaged. Normally, damaged genes will be repaired, but if the damage is large due to exposure to large amounts of UV light, the damage may not be repaired.

If the damage caused by UV rays is not repaired properly, the cells will no longer be normal and become the cause of skin cancer.

Types of skin cancer caused by ultraviolet light
There are a total of 3 main types of skin cancer:
- Melanoma skin cancer
- Non-melanoma skin cancer. This is about 20 times more common than melanoma skin cancer. They are divided into:
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – skin cancer that develops from basal cells.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – skin cancer that develops from keratinocytes.

Three skin cancer symptoms associated with ultraviolet light
Now that we know the types of skin cancer, let's look at the symptoms of each.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC is the most common type in whites and is rare in people with dark skin.Basal cell carcinoma usually develops in areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the head and head. and neck The common sign is a small red, pink, or pearly lump, which is usually dome-shaped.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) usually develops on the face, around the ears, or lips. The initial symptom is a scaly area that is red or pink. It can develop into a tumor that looks like a wart.

Melanoma skin cancer is the least common type of skin cancer, but the deadliest. Melanoma skin cancer often spreads to other parts of the body. The disease is common in young people, and the incidence is twice as high in women as in men. A melanoma usually begins with a mole, which can develop from normal skin or from an existing mole.

Preventive measures for skin cancer
Although it is believed that exposure to ultraviolet light and other sunlight on the face and back of the hands can provide adequate daily amounts of vitamin D for the maintenance of good health, prolonged and unprotected exposure can can cause skin cancer.

When outdoors, try to deal with UV rays effectively by avoiding periods of strong UV light, using shaded areas, wearing sunglasses, sunscreen, and protective clothing. UV rays.

To prevent skin cancer, sun protection is very important.
In particular, you should apply sunscreen every two hours. However, for women, regularly applying sunscreen can be difficult because they may be wearing makeup and going outside.

Clalacc offers UV protection vest with UPF 50+ certification, which blocks more than 98% of UV rays, protects from skin cancer and sunburned skin. Please visit Claclac 's website for more details.

However, sun exposure should not be completely avoided because sunlight plays an important role in human health. This article will cover the role of sunlight in health and its benefits and limitations.

Refer to the article: What happens if there is not enough exposure to sunlight?

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