AWARENESS ABOUT SUNSCREEN: Know more about Sunscreen!

Exposure to UV Rays is the most common cause of skin cancer. And one of the most effective ways we can try to avoid it, of course, is sunscreen. It is linked to many other deadly skin cancers, especially basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and some types of melanoma.

Melanoma is one of the deadliest cancers rising in prevalence around the World. In UK and US the rising rate of skin cancer for all the age groups are drastically increasing in past two years.

Skin cancer is rising in some countries; it’s decreasing in others – particularly those that have raised the most awareness around the importance of using sunscreen. “Skin cancer rates are increasing among older generations – they’re carrying damage from decades earlier in their lives, because things have changed now,” says Adele Green, senior scientist of the cancer and population studies group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia.

How sunscreen works in most cases is by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays and many researchers are even removing chemicals which are not required. SPF - Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to prevent from sun rays.

By using continuous sunscreen which plays a vital tool for prevention of skin cancer, some researchers have said there should be improvement of safer ingredients as well at worst should not cause any damage to health.

There are two types of safety filters the most common one is organic filters, which absorb UV radiation and convert it into safer radiation. The second type is Inorganic UV filters like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which are considered to be more protective and safe which reflect and scatter UV radiation away from the skin.

“Countries where rates are falling played biggest role for investments in communicating awareness, such as New Zealand, Denmark, the US and Australia.”

Awareness among many countries and use of UV filters can prevent some of the skin cancer rate by communicating awareness throughout the World.


Impu Jayaprakash

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