Sunscreen can often indirectly be the cause for skin cancer.
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There are two types of rays of the sun that reach your skin, UVA (long rays) and UVB (short rays). Though the UVB rays can cause sunburn quickly, they are also the ones that help to facilitate the production of Vitamin D (that helps to prevent cancer) in your skin. It is the UVA rays that are more harmful and can cause cancer. Most sunscreens work to prevent the sunburn, thus blocking out the UVB rays instead of the harmful UVA rays. This can increase the risks of a person of getting diagnosed with melanoma.
Which of the following foods can help to prevent skin cancer?
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The anti-inflammatory action of Omega 3 fatty acids, mainly found in fishes like salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc. can help to double melanoma protection of your body. Research states that people who consumed any of these fishes in their diet developed lesser precancerous patches or growth on their skin.
People with fair skin only have chances of developing skin cancer.
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It is true that people with fair skin get sunburned easily, but that does not mean that they are the only ones who can be affected by skin cancer. Skin cancer can affect people of all skin tones, even those with a darker complexion. People with a darker complexion generally get affected in areas of the skin which are not so much exposed to the sun, like soles of the feet and palms of the hand.
An unusual growth or change in an existing mole in your body can be a symptom of:
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A change in the size, colour and shape of a mole can be the most important symptom of melanoma. Generally, there will be an itching and tingling sensation around the mole, bleeding from the surface, thickening of a flat mole or breaking off in small pieces. A swelling or redness around the mole also warrants immediate check-up for cancer.
Your risks of melanoma (a type of skin cancer) are higher if your parents or siblings were previously diagnosed with the disease.
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A person has a chance of being diagnosed with skin cancer if his/her first degree relatives (parents, siblings, and children) have had the disease. It is believed that the risk may be due to the shared family lifestyle that can be frequent exposure to the harsh rays of the sun, being faired skin, gene changes or a combination of all the factors.