Many people believe that those who have tans look healthier and more attractive. But the opposite is true. Besides causing skin cancer, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes most of the skin changes that make us look older as we age.
The sun’s toll on your skin includes wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dry skin, and various types of age spots that could potentially become cancerous.
Skin cancer is the greatest threat posed by sun exposure. The most common type of cancer in the United States, skin cancer includes:
To reduce your risk for skin cancer and to keep your skin looking younger, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that you be “sun-smart”:
“What are the key statistics for melanoma skin cancer?” American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-key-statistics
Data show incidence of skin cancer rising at alarming rate. American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org/stories-and-news/news-releases/data-show-incidence-of-skin-cancer-rising-at-alarming-rate.
“Skin Care and Aging.” Age Page, National Institute on Aging. http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/skin-care-and-aging#skin.
“Vitamin D.” Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.
“What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?” Learn About Cancer, American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-basalandsquamouscell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-basal-and-squamous-cell-what-is-basal-and-squamous-cell.
“What is melanoma?” American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/Cancer/SkinCancer-Melanoma/OverviewGuide/melanoma-skin-cancer-overview-what-is-melanoma.
“Understanding Skin Cancer.” American Academy of Dermatologists, www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/understanding-skin-cancer.
These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.