Spring is just around the corner and summer is knocking at the door. Barbecues, beaches, baseball games, swimming pools, and yes…sunburns! Summer is not summer without the sun; however, it is important to avoid sunburns and overexposure to the sun, here’s why:
The Dark Side of the Sun
The sun can be great, it is known to improve moods as well as give us Vitamin C, but there is a dark side to the sun, read on. The National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that nowadays there is an increasing incidence of melanoma among young adults. Furthermore, melanoma remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. It is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common in women. Pretty scary, huh? But that is not all.
According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Both UVA rays (320–400 nm) and UVB rays (290–320 nm) are carcinogenic. UVA rays are present throughout the day and can pass through window glass. UVA rays cause premature aging of the skin and are primarily responsible for drug-related phototoxicity and photoallergic reactions.”
You get the point, it is crucial to protect ourselves from these dangerous rays, but how?