Since skin cancer is predominantly a lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable. When protecting your skin from damaging UV rays, what you don’t know can hurt you. As a reminder, one in five will experience some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. I certainly have – multiple times, so I get it.
Everyone is at risk of the effects of over sun exposure, and it doesn’t matter how old you are or what your skin color is. You are at risk based on the length and depth of exposure to the sun. Those who are at greater risk are individuals with lighter-colored hair, eyes, and skin; of developing skin cancer because their body contains less melanin that helps protect them from sun damage. Family history of skin cancer also is a factor. Are you are risk? Here are the top five skin-damaging effects of daily sun exposure are dull, blotchy skin, coarse skin texture, broken blood vessels, and premature wrinkling, not to mention the risk of melanoma and pre-cancerous lesions.