Sunburn is dangerous. It may increase the risk of skin cancer, even though we may have been burned – as children – before we were aware of the consequences. We have been warned time and again, but we still see skins red as tomatoes from the sun.
That’s why some organizations continue to emphasize informing the consumer. This Cancer Research (UK) video explains what happens to cells when the sun damages them and the difference with other burns caused by hot objects. The other burns heal, but burns from the sun can have dramatic consequences many years later. Contact burns merely destroy some skin cells, nothing more. Sunburn also destroys cells, but it also alters the DNA of surviving cells and this can lead to the development of cancer. A simple but enlightening reason not to forget to protect yourself from the sun.
The message is clear. Although the body tries to repair the damage caused by the sun, it isn’t always successful. Returning from your holidays with burned skin once every two years can triple your risk of developing melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Those who have been sunburned as children should pay an occasional visit to a dermatologist.
Conclusion: when you step oudoors to enjoy some good weather, it is important to protect yourself by wearing appropriate clothing and sunglasses and by applying, as a minimum, an SPF-15 sunscreen.