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Causes Of Skin Cancer


Cancer defines a grouped number of diseases that involve abnormal growth of cells that can potentially invade any organ in the body. It is ranked as a disease that is more common commonly diagnosed than a lot of ailments in this day and age. Surprisingly, it has even surpassed HIV. The process a cancer patient undergoes transitioning into a cancer survivor is filled with distress and emotion particularly during early stages of treatment. A type of cancer that has become common in our community is skin cancer. This article is aimed at educating the masses on some of the causes of skin cancer.

Triggers of skin cancer

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Sunlight has its advantages. It provides light and heat required to maintain metabolism in our bodies. Infrared rays specifically produce
heat. UV radiation, on the other hand, is also a part of sunlight that results in sunburns and skin corrosion leading to aging prematurely and cancer of the skin. They are of different types e.g. UVA radiation that penetrates the deeper part of the skin resulting in tampering of skin cells (living) under the surface of the skin. It causes wrinkling of the skin and sagging. UVB, on the other hand, penetrates the top part of the skin layer. It causes tanning of the skin, cancer of the skin and sunburns. Both examples are potentially harmful in triggering skin cancer.


Once UV penetrates deep into your skin layer while you are out enjoying the sun, the skin gets ‘burnt’ literally. Skin turns red in color in a span of two to six hours of exposure. It’s important to note that to the eyes, a sunburn may seem healed, but the damage left lasts for years. Remember cancerous skin is mostly from wounds that healed under the skin topology instead of shedding off. To avoid this equip you with a hat, SPF 30 sunscreen or preferably higher, look for shade and don’t forget your sunglasses.


Exposure to UV radiation in any form apart from sunlight e.g. solarium can damage your skin. A tan is a group of skin cells that are in trauma. No matter the severity, it is a sign that skin has already been damaged. Repeated exposure builds up damage exponentially risking triggering skin cancer. Melanin is a pigment that is released on exposure to UV radiation, it’s located on the top layers of the skin and contributes largely to change of skin color and tanning. The release of this pigment is a way of your body warning about levels of UV.

Fake tan lotions

gdhfcdtkrydfgcvfthgThey come in all flavors, designs and promises of no side effects. Fake tans contain a dye that will for only a moment coat your skin giving off a tanned-like appearance. The dye then binds to your skin and later comes off when dead cells fall off. It’s arguably a good alternative when exposing your skin to UV. Note that many of these products will provide protection for the first couple of hours not for the amount of time they last on the surface of the skin.


This is an artificial machine used in tanning which uses high levels of UV in introducing a tan. Just like in the sun, they produce both UVA and UVB types of radiation (Known to cause skin cancer). According to research by various parties, solariums are seen to produce higher levels of concentrated UV than even sunlight! This has directly linked them to a dangerous type of skin cancer called melanoma thus it’s not recommended for use in any application.

Guidelines For Management Of Asthma


Asthma refers to a respiratory condition characterized by spasms in lung bronchi that causes difficulty in breathing in general. It mainly results from hypersensitivity and allergic reactions, which qualifies it as a chronic disease. Difficulty in breathing begins when airways are inflamed, or when swelling and tightening of muscles is triggered by stimuli. It makes it quite difficult for passage of air in and out of the lungs.
Experienced and otherwise healthy Asthma patients time the symptoms in relation to physical activity. For others, management is a difficult and stressing activity due to the untimeliness of attacks. This article aims at aiding and educating patients on how to manage the disease with ease.

How to manage allergic asthma

Be aware of your triggers

To avoid triggering allergic asthma, you first have to have an insight of what they are. Get your blood, and skin tested for allergic reactions. Specialists in pulmonary infections advice keeping a diary or notebook to note down the where and when an attack occurred and activity you involved yourself in. Once you learn about your triggers, is when you can now take steps toward avoiding exposure.


Kick out Dust mites

Studies have proven time, and again that dust mites hold the first position as indoor asthma allergens. This is according to a survey by AAAI. To minimize these little triggers especially in the bedroom, ensure you use dust-proof covers preferably zipped for your beddings. Make sure to wash your beddings at least once or twice in a week using hot water ensuring its above one hundred and thirty degrees Fahrenheit, also use dehumidifiers to aid in the reduction of excess moisture that prompts growth of mold.

Check your cats and dogs

Dander produced by pets (with or without fur) is a big trigger for attacks on allergic asthma patients. Note that not all people with asthma could be affected by pets, also trying to restrict pets from the bedroom also doesn’t warrant you from getting an attack since this won’t be enough. The protein contained in your pet’s dander could stick to your clothes and still affect you anywhere you go. Remember it can also be spread using air as an agent. If you find it difficult parting with a pet, at least take the initiative in reducing the number of locations where allergens could be housed. Note to use furnishings over fabric for easier cleaning.

Constantly check for air quality changes

gfdhfdstrgew35tedfMake it a ritual to each morning to check your local air index report. You will find forecasts in news programs, newspapers or from a local website. This will help you condition and schedule activities in line with the management of your condition. If you never smoke, people in your surrounding that do maybe a big problem for you. A patient cannot afford to be a passive smoker since it affects him/her either way. Same applies to aerosols (deodorants and strong perfumes) since they are also irritants and should be avoided at all costs.

Follow physician’s orders

Your local or trusted physician may give you different medication either for quick relief or for long-term use. In many cases, many patients think it’s harmless to skip medication if they don’t feel irritable and this is dangerous for their health. Patients have to understand that a chronic disease ids long-term and if you have one, it means you carry it with you every day of your life. This means management and control should be an overlooked activity.