Are you fond of sunbathing? You need to be extra careful, as too much sun exposure can hurt your skin, and the damage may range from mild sunburns to something as severe as skin cancer.
You can prevent this from happening by wearing protective gear, especially when you go out. Hats are highly recommended, as skin cancer affects the head more than the other parts of the body, such as the nose and the ears – the focal point of melanoma in men.
Shade is also important in terms of sun protection. Umbrellas and trees provide enough protection from the harsh rays, but at home, it is also necessary to provide shade even through the windows. Fortunately, there are many window solutions available in the market that provide shielding from the sun, such as sunscreen blinds.
Taking In Too Much Sun
Sun exposure is not a bad thing. It provides us with vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of phosphorus and calcium needed to keep our bones healthy. It also improves mental health, as well as reduces the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
Spending too much time under the sun, however, can lead to a number of skin diseases. This includes loss of elasticity, premature ageing, rashes, dryness, as well as sunburn. A severe case of sunburn could be the onset of sun poisoning. Melanoma – a type of skin cancer – is the most serious one that you can get. It develops at a rapid rate and most of the time, this can be life-threatening.
Skin Cancer: A Widespread Problem Among Kiwis
Melanoma is the fourth most common type of cancer in New Zealand.
The country recently surpassed Australia in the rates of skin cancer. The problem is that it seems that Kiwis are not aware of this. Melanoma patient Kathryn Williams said that Kiwis do not understand the risks they willingly put themselves through, especially when they go outside unprotected.
The rate of melanoma in New Zealand between 1982 and 2011 has nearly doubled. This disease also accounts for 1 in 10 cases of cancer.
Whether you go out for a stroll outside or bask in the sun at home, remember to stay safe. The sun can be good for you, but too much can lead to life-threatening skin illnesses.