How to Prevent Skin Cancer Naturally
Skin cancer is a type of cancer that arises from the skin due to the rapid growth of abnormal skin cells which can spread to other parts of the body. There are different kinds of skin cancers and different symptoms you should pay attention to. Some of those symptoms are skin ulcers, changes in the shape, size, and color of moles and skin discoloration. As a form of protection, many people are taking this problem very seriously and turning to nature and its gifts for skin cancer prevention. So, here are some ways to prevent the formation of skin cancer naturally.
Smoking or using tobacco any other way puts you at risk of getting cancer. Although most people link smoking only to lung, mouth and throat cancer, it is a part of risky behavior that you should definitely avoid if you’re serious about turning your body into a cancer-proof temple. Even secondhand smoking can harm you, so stay as far from tobacco and its smoke as you can. If you’re having difficulties trying to quit smoking, talk to your doctor and ask if any good strategies could help you with your addiction.
Adjust your diet
A diet based on healthy foods loaded with antioxidants, especially fruit and vegetables, can go a long way in cancer prevention. These foods are good for your general wellness, but when it comes to skin cancer prevention, they are what you should be eating. Therefore, you should make sure your food is colorful. Choose orange, red and green fruit and vegetables, fatty fish, various nuts, beans, lentils, dark chocolate, but also black and green tea. All these healthy foods can help you keep skin cancer at bay.
Avoid direct sun
Unless you decide never to leave your home during the day again, avoiding sun exposure is next to impossible. However, you should still be responsible, especially if you live in Australia, where about 80% of all new cancer diagnoses are skin cancers. Aussies enjoy being outdoors, so many of them invest in long-lasting commercial shade sails for their backyard to protect themselves from the dangers of the harsh Australian sun. Try staying indoors when the sun is at its strongest, which is between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. In case you have to go out, make sure you are hydrated at all times and try staying in the shade as much as you can.
Wear protective clothes
Another way to keep your skin safe in the sun is by choosing your clothes wisely. Instead of tight clothes, opt for loose-fitting and tightly woven materials. Furthermore, be aware that dark and bright colors do a better job at reflecting UV rays than light colors. Also, you should accessorize, meaning that you should wear a broad-brimmed hat and dark sunglasses for full UV-ray protection.
Covering the exposed areas of your skin as a way to protect yourself from UV rays is helpful, but not beneficial enough. To stay on the safe side when it comes to skin cancer, you have to use sunscreen whenever you’re outside. This doesn’t only apply to hot summer days. Even in the midst of winter, when you don’t even feel it, the sun is there, and its harmful rays are doing their damage to your skin. That’s why you should pun on sunscreen about half an hour before you leave home and reapply it every two hours, or even more often if the sun is intense. Make sure it’s got at least 30 SPF and choose organic and natural products rather than the regular and traditional ones you can buy in every supermarket.
Refrain from tanning
Sunbathing isn’t the only way of getting a tan, and some would think that avoiding direct sun would be protection enough. However, this is as far from the truth as can be. Sunlamps and tanning beds are just as dangerous, as they use UV rays to make your skin darker, endangering you in the process. Even spray tans are something you should think twice about. They don’t expose you to UV rays, but they contain various potentially harmful chemicals that can increase the risk of getting lung cancer when you inhale them while spray tanning.
Although there aren’t any real guarantees, there are some things everybody can do to lower the risk of skin cancer. So, to stay healthy and safe, handle your body with the utmost care and respect.
by Derek Lotts
Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.