July is UV Safety Month, and there’s no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Now that it’s time for pool parties and BBQ’s, extra measures need to be taken to protect the skin from sun damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 42 percent of people get burnt at least once a year; it only takes about five sunburns in a person’s lifetime to double their chances of skin cancer.
Other than temporary discomfort, long term damages to the body are left behind with sun burn. Prolonged UV damage can cause changes in DNA making skin age prematurely, becoming leathery and discolored. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin
Skin cancer is one of the biggest concerns associated with skin damage, as it is the leading type of cancer in the United States. One blistering sunburn in childhood significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life; basal cell carcinoma (BBC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cancers are directly related to UV exposure over the years.