Dangerous tans are on the rise, tan myths continue: polls

Friday, May 27, 2022 (HealthDay News)

Most people know that it’s probably not safe to get it SunburnMany people may not be aware that sunburn also increases the risk Skin cancer And immature skin aging..

A new survey of more than 1,000 American adults by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) showed a sharp rise in both. Sunburn And the number Sunburn Compared to last year, 2020.And when the summer season begins, AAD tells people Protect yourself..

“Sunburn is your body’s reaction to an injury,” said Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Haushmand, a Dallas-based dermatologist.

“When you get a tan, you deliberately endanger your health,” she said in an Academy news release. “If you want to get a tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but continue to use it. Sunscreen And with that. “

AAD recommends looking for shade, especially between 10 am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. If the shadow looks shorter than you, look for shade, Houshmand advised.

Lightweight long-sleeved shirt and trousers, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses With UV protection. Garments with a UV Protection Factor (UPF) on the label provide more protection.

Apply wide spectrum, water resistance Sunscreen When SPF Over 30 on all exposed skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreens provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

About 1 in 5 Americans develop Skin cancer In their lifetime, and 197,700 new cases melanomaThe most deadly form of Skin cancerAccording to AAD, this year it will be diagnosed in the United States.

In this recent survey, 63% of respondents reported tanning last year from 54% in 2020. In 2021, about 33% were tanned, compared to 25% in 2020.

1 Blisters Sunburn In childhood or adolescence, the risk of developing the disease can be nearly doubled melanoma..

About 28% of tanned survey respondents Burned Their clothes were so terrible that they felt uncomfortable.Top place to get Burn It was the face, arms, shoulders, and neck.

And the survey found that almost half of the respondents believed in one or more tan myths.About 22% has base tongue Sunburn And 18% said it would decrease Skin cancer dangerous. One in five said they thought sunburn was not safe. Burned 13% thought that sunburn was healthy.

About 53% said that people with tanned skin look healthy.

About 39% of respondents were unaware of one or more Sunburn risk. Some of them can get sunburned on cloudy days or from car windows.For people with dark skin BurnedAnd that tan increases the skin cancer dangerous.

“I’m very worried about this increase in sunburn,” Houshmand said. “Both sunburns and sunburns damage your skin. The more sunburns and sunburns you have, the more this damage accumulates over time and the risk of premature skin. aginginclude SpotsSagging, wrinkles, skin cancer.. “

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Prevention There are details Skin cancer..


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Source: American Academy of Dermatology, News Release, May 24, 2022

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter

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