Being Sun-Slack is a Significant Health Risk

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

For this blog I am going to deviate away from cosmetic surgery to reinforce the link between skin cancer and sun exposure.

It is estimated that more than two million Americans are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer every year. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer that can spread to other organs, strikes nearly 77,000 people and kills about 9,500 in the US every year. More than half of the cases of invasive melanoma are diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 45 and 64.

In the 40 years between 1970 and 2010, for European adults between the ages of 40 and 60, the incidence of skin cancer increased 4.5-fold among men and 24-fold among women.

So, what is behind the increased incidence in melanoma among middle-aged Americans? There has been a cultural trend in the USA, Europe and Australasia for many decades in which people connect being tan with being fit and even successful. This desire for tanning is the opposite of Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern cultures where a paler complexion is associated with affluence, as a result the combination of their naturally more pigmented skin and sun avoidance leads to significantly lower rates of skin cancer.

Sun exposure not only increases your risk of skin cancer it causes premature aging. Common facial skin changes include lines and creases, irregular pigmentation, ruddiness and thinning of the skin. My advice, if you want to look healthy then minimize your sun exposure, remember tanning is for leather!

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz

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