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Skin Cancer Rates Rising Among Young Women

There is a reason I talk about sunscreen and the dangers of tanning beds weekly. All that time young women have spent in the sun or indoor tanning is turning into a deadly mistake. More and more cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are being diagnosed in young women. In 1973, for every 100,000 women, 5.5 cases of melanoma were confirmed. The rate increased to 9.4 cases in 1980, and to 13.9 cases in 2004. That's a shocking 50 percent increase since 1980.

According to the American Cancer Society, around 62,000 cases of melanoma are found in the US each year, and more than 8,400 people will end up dying from this disease. Apparently more public education campaigns are necessary to continue teaching people about the dangerous risks of UV exposure and how to prevent skin cancer.

The bottom line is any unprotected UV exposure is dangerous. So it's best to adopt the habit of wearing sunscreen everyday. If you're spending time outdoors, always reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. Wear clothes to protect your skin if possible, and try to avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest and wear a melanoma bracelet too. Also, you're never too young to have your skin checked out by a dermatologist.


Spectra Spectra 9 years
I never tan because I'm pale and I burn easily. I wear sunscreen religiously and when I do want to tan, I use the spray-on stuff.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
is it really a no tanning policy to be safe? honestly i haven't tanned in more than a year, but i hate hate hate how spray tans look. plus they're ridiculously expensive. i'm half-latina w/ dark hair and dark eyes and i look gothic when i'm pale. is there guidelines for safer tanning? like safer lotions and maybe going only once a week? help me out ladies!
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
i find that the only sunscreen that doesn't leave my face super greasy or full of breakouts is the one i got from my dermatologist. it came in a kit regularly priced at $209! oh, the downsides of sensitive skin....
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I wanted to get a sun-block with Mexoryl even if it's known for being greasy. I was thinking maybe I would use a different but still good one for my face. But Mexoryl is supposed to be the number best protection against UVA rays and photo-stable so I would be willing to deal with greasiness.
ashlee70 ashlee70 9 years
I'm 21, and after graduating high school I moved to Arizona for school. It's obviously a hot state, and everyone seems to always be tan. For a good amount of time I tanned in tanning beds almost every day. I am 200% against it now, I cannot believe I did it so much. A week ago I had a punch biopsy done on my shoulder and I am frantically waiting my test results. DON'T INDOOR TAN!!!!
ckeller825 ckeller825 9 years
I use Shiseido sunscreen w/SPF 55 too! stuff everrr.
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
I'm 24, Hispanic with dark features and was diagnosed with skin cancer in March. I am rarely in the sun, don't tan, and don't stay out much. I'm one of those rare people. However, when I am in the sun (pool) with sunblock, I get really really dark, really really fast. So, now I'm putting sunblock everyday, and trying to be careful!
winniebaby winniebaby 9 years
I read the same thing about Oxybenzone recently. I use Shiseido sunscreen with SPF 55. It contains zinc oxide as a physical sunblock. I wear it everyday religiously, and it is never greasy. Sometimes I use it as a primer for my foundation.. =) On most days, I also use Peter Thomas Roth's SPF 30 powder that contains titanium oxide and zinc oxide over my face. It adds an additional level of protection and mattifies my face. Last year, I tried Anthelios SPF 60 with Mexoryl XL, but it was too greasy for me on my face. I do use it on my body when I hit the beach though. It is a SAND magnet!
md12398 md12398 9 years
i always joke that my high-SPF sunscreen obsession is going to make me the prettiest lady in the nursing home one day. pasty for life!
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 9 years
I'm a committed solarphobe and sunscreen-pusher. I haven't had a sunburn in 13 years. My mom had melanoma. Plus, I'm vain and want to maintain my creamy smooth complexion. My present dilemma is whether to be worried about oxybenzone. I have oily, acne-prone skin, and so far, the only high-SPF sunscreens (ahem, Neutrogena Age Shield) I've found that are stable (so I don't have to reapply over makeup) and don't turn my face into an oil-slick contain oxybenzone, which according to a CDC study is now thought to increase free radical production in the skin. Should I switch to a "natural" one? Is there a high-SPF, broad spectrum, noncomedogenic, physical sun block with a nice texture? Help me find my HG, Fit (and ask Bella, too)!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Of course a tanning salon is going to say that because at least some people who see that will think they'll get it from a tanning bed therefore they'll give the tanning salon service and their money and won't bother looking into how much sun one even needs, which is only 10 minutes a day and it's not from lying in the sun for a longer period of time to tan. Besides that vitamin D is also supposed to be from actual food sources.
writerchic373 writerchic373 9 years
I'm pretty fair, and in the summer I usually try to tan outside and end up with a sunburn I was turned off by tanning lotions a couple years ago but now that most brands have worked out the kinks I decided to give them a try again. I don't want skin cancer, but I don't want to look like a ghost. So recently I started using Famous Dave's Tanning Lotion for Fair Skin and I love it! Now when I go to the beach I can wear 70+ spf but look like I'm covered in tanning oil.
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
classicaltorture, sun exposure is only good to a certain extent. if someone wants vitamin d and a tan that badly they should just drink milk and get a spray tan. anywho, i went to the dermatologist last week and surprisingly i have no sun damage. i guess it's from the sunscreen, even though i hate the way it makes my skin feel. i'll be happy when i'm 40, though!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 9 years
This is why I get spray tans. Sure I look a little orange at first, but after a day or so it fades into a more natural looking bronze.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 9 years
There's a tanning salon near me that advertises the fact that you absorb things like Vitamin D by getting exposure to the sun. So tannings totally healthy, yo. :P
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