Winter is finally behind us and it’s safe to say everyone is ready to ditch the winter coat and soak up the sun! While the sun does have its benefits – it can also be extremely dangerous. A nice golden-brown tan might sound nice right now, but in the long-run exposing yourself to the sun has a major impact on your health.
What is Ultraviolet Radiation?
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from a number of sources – the main one being the sun. These invisible rays exist across a spectrum ranging from high to low energy frequencies. Radiation like x-rays and gamma rays are high-frequency. Radio waves and kitchen appliance radiation are low frequency. UV rays are among the highest energy frequencies on the scale. In fact, they carry so much energy they can remove an electron from an atom or molecule. This ultimately damages the DNA in your body and leads to skin cancer.
Types of Ultraviolet Radiation:
If you think UV rays are all the same, think again. Ultraviolet radiation comes in three different forms: UVA, UVB, and UVC.
- UVA rays are considered the weakest of the UV rays. However, UVA rays are responsible for premature skin aging, wrinkling, and most importantly, skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis – the skin’s thickest layer. Studies show that UVA rays damage the cells of the basal layer, where most skin cancers occur. These rays play a necessary role in the formation of vitamin D by the skin, which is essential for our bone health and immune system functions.
- UVB rays carry slightly more energy than UVA and are responsible for all the sunburns that make you look like a lobster. Not only are these specific sunburns painful – but they cause permanent damage over time and play a key role in developing skin cancer. The strength of UVB rays can vary depending on the time of day and year. The most significant amount of UVB rats hit the U.S. between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October. However, their damaging effects on your skin cancer occur year-round. In addition, most tanning beds emit a combination of UVA and UVB rays. UVA for their ability to make us appear more tan, and UVB for bringing melanin to the surface.
- UVC rays have the most energy out of the three. Thankfully, the ozone layer high in our atmosphere keeps these powerful rays from reaching the ground and do not pose a huge risk to our health.
MoleSafe Shines Light on Your Skin Concerns
Doctors believe an estimated 5.5 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in 2018 alone. With numbers like this, sun safety and precautionary action is an absolute must. MoleSafe’s specialists have developed a comprehensive skin documentation system to detect skin cancer at an early, treatable stage. The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program develops high-resolution diagnostic images and creates a profile for your skin that is monitored for any changes. Contact us today to start your FREE consultation.