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Prevent Skin Cancer from the Sun

Updated on September 13, 2015
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A medical background and interest in research created Audrey Selig's interest in writing about medical issues.

Sun Danger

The sun is so good to us, and families have fun in the sun. The sun sits there in the sky in all its glory, adorning the world with its precious beams of sunshine, brightening our moods, letting us play in its wonder, swimming, fishing and just hanging out. The sun sure makes us happy in so many ways.However, we must prevent skin cancer from the sun. Warnings are everywhere about the danger, but we think it could never happen to us. This article will cover how to prevent skin cancer, skin cancer on a cloudy day. and the story of a skin cancer victim.

The Sun Can Cause Damage

This photo shows a skin cancer victim prior to the advice to wear a hat in the sun.
This photo shows a skin cancer victim prior to the advice to wear a hat in the sun. | Source

Prevention of Skin Cancer and Severe Burns From the Sun

Teens and adults swarm to tanning parlors, even when the sun is available. where bodies bake, and everyone becomes tan and beautiful. Some people, like the famous actress, Nicole Kidman, wouldn’t dare go in the sun, as it is the enemy and would ruin beautiful fair skin, but that is the rarity. Did you know that even dogs get sunburned, especially on white areas and on their paws? Watch your dog's time in the very hot sun.

Prevent Skin Cancer on a Cloudy Day

I know what the sun can do to your skin. At the age of sixteen, a friend and I headed for Crystal Beach, Canada on the ferry from Buffalo for a day in the sun. Disappointed that the day was cloudy, we went on the beach anyway. What a big mistake that became for my poor fair skin. From 11 to 7, we sat on the beach, never thinking of sunburn on a cloudy day. On the boat ride back. I became so ill that I had to lie down. We took a cab home, and I passed out as soon as I walked in the door. With my skin as red as an apple, I received the needed medical care and some of my pain disappeared. Bandaged as I was, I still had to go to summer school and soon appeared like a leper as my skin began to peel everywhere. That was the worst experience I ever had. I am glad I didn’t know that later on in life, skin cancer would enter the life of my family.

Skin cancer victim

My husband has skin cancer from the sun, recently discovered in September 2010. In his youth, he spent his spare time at the lake swimming and fishing without the use of sunscreen. When we moved to Oklahoma, we put a pool in our backyard. His great love of the sun and working outside resulted in numerous hours swimming, cleaning the pool, mowing, and running at a nearby park. He tried to refrain from these activities between the hours of 10 and 2, but that still left many hours outside when the temperature was in the 90’s or 100’s. That sounds dangerous. His skin cancer was on his face, and basal cell carcinoma normally does not spread to other areas. A surgeon excised a large area of his cheek, leaving a scar about 3 inches long. It began with a very small pearl like pimple and a physician checked it soon afterward. Prior to that, he had many spots removed from his balding head. Even children and teens take chances these days for the ego building attraction of tanning beds.

 A cloudy day can cause problems from the sun lurking  behind the clouds
A cloudy day can cause problems from the sun lurking behind the clouds

Danger of cancer from tanning beds

When my friend’s daughter was twelve, she asked her mother for money for 6th grade graduation to have her nails done and for tanning. It had become the rage at that early age to go tanning, and many parents allowed this foolish plan due to peer pressure from friends. How sad that our society has come to this for our young ones. What kind of peer pressure is that? Why can’t parents deny their teen’s access to such plans that are damaging to young skin?

Dogs playing in the sun can become sunburned.
Dogs playing in the sun can become sunburned.


As you can see, being in the sun or tanning can be very says that 95 to 99% of skin cancer is from the sun, People, especially young people, believe that nothing will happen to them..Even if it doesn't, when these people get older, they often have skin that looks like worn leather, aging them even more. Be cautious by using a good sunscreen lotion and stay in the sun for a little while at a time. Put zinc oxide ointment, a total sun block on your nose, wear a wide hat to shade your face. You can also cover yourself with long pants and long sleeved tops if necessary. Remember, artificial ways exist to get a tan with lotions, but be sure to check the safety of even these products. The sun is fun, but also dangerous. Instead, aim to live for a long time by being careful. Do not allow your pride of tanned skin betray you someday. Do not become an innocent victim of the bright golden happy looking sun, as the danger lurks behind the fun in the sun. You must prevent skin cancer from the sun, or you will later regret it.

Sunburn on a Cloudy Day

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Crystal Beach, ON L0S, Canada
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The old Crystal Beach Amusement Park and Beach once occupied land here. The wife of the victim became severely burned on a cloudy day at the beach.

Hometown USA

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Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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Oklahoma City is our hometown. We live on the southside with a swimming pool behind our house, shown above. This pool is the culprit of skin cancer.

Sunburn Care Also Skin and Hair Care


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      Audrey Selig 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi ql I thought I replied to this comment, so excuse my lateness. Thanks so much for reading my hub and for kind remarks. I like the beacons of light you send me. They make me feel peaceful. Hope you are totally healed from the wreck by now. Cancer is scary. Mu husband is doing well now after an excision from his face. It did not leave a scar. I stress the importance of sun and tanning danger. I see so many older folks with the tough skin and so many with skin cancer. Tanning salons are on the increase and are very profitable. Take care.

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      Gary Eby 6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to your wisdom and your warnings. Any form of cancer is scary especially skin cancer. But I think too many people are in denial about it. Thanks for your kind comments on my Hub, The Wreck. Sending you beacons of Light that won't hurt you in any manner. Peace...Gary.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Carolyn ~ I've started to blog on my very own website a bit more, so you may have to mosey on over to Homeopathy has so much power to heal. I also enjoy reading some of your excellent articles. We're so lucky to have the Hubpage community. (HUGS) Debby

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Uban - Thanks for reading my hub. The sun is so dangerous, but people ignore a lot of the warnings about it. They want to be tan, and some just think they won't get a burn or get cancer. Calling it useful and informational was very nice of you.I have been in a forum or two with you, and will look for your hubs. I have enjoyed your forum comments.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      This is an informative, useful & educational hub. I thank you for this information. . .

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Debby - I like your extra tips about the sun. You are very knowledgeable. Appreciate any extra help avoiding burns. I try to get out in the sun a little each day. Thanks you for your concern about my husband. He is doing much better now, but used to think if he avoided being out in the worst part of the day, that he was safe. I have seen your hubs on homeopathy, and find your profile interesting. I can't wait to read your hubs, as I find homeopathy very interesting.

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Carolyn I can't believe a soc major has found me. I mean a social observer. That's me too. I really did love it. I hope you are better now with your skin problem. I wish the sun wasn't so dangerous. My granddaughter goes to tanning booths. We need to take care of our skin. Thanks for reading my hub. I will look for yours. Thanks for following. Happy writing and take care.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello dear Kelbra ~ This topic could use more awareness. Most people think they can only become sunburned when they see the sunshine on a clear day. What affects the sun are the invisible ultra-violate rays that go right through those clouds and hit the skin.

      In actuality, we all need from 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight for our body to create the chemical reactions [like plants photosynthesis light] to produce the much needed daily Vitamin D3. This most important vitamin supports our immune system, builds healthy strong bones and even helps prevent cancer.

      The problem occurs when people go out for long hours in direct sunlight, not during the early morning or evening light. At those times they actually burn the skin and this sets them up for skin cancer in their future, even a decade or two later.

      Wearing a white hat and long sleeves can be helpful to reflect the light. You may learn a lot more about staying safe in the sun. I was sorry to hear of all the health problems your husband had to endure. Thank you for teaching and warning others. Hugs, Debby

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      Carolyn Moe 6 years ago

      I had basal cell right on my chin which was very embarassing to say the least... by the way... I too majored in sociology and a close friend described the sociologist as social observer... education is not all wasted.

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading my hub. It's been over 100 in Ok for 26 days. You can barely go outside. I hope you never had a severe burn. Your profile interests me so will look for your hubs. Happy writing

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Ken - I thought I replied to this - sorry. Anyway it is exciting to know someone who knew Crystal Beach. I loved the fun house too Everyone has fond memories, I'm sure. Thanks for reading my hub. I will look for yours. Happy writing and remember, we have good memories of our past.

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi lawyer - Thanks for reading my hub and rating it awesome. The sun is fun but dangerous, and that story needs to be told over and over. I will look for your hubs Happy writing.

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      Ken Barton 7 years ago

      Nice Hub on over exposure to the sun. I'm thankful I have never been much of a sun lover, though I have had sunburns in the past, I've always tried to be careful. You mentioned Crystal Beach, I use to go there with my family many years back. I especially enjoyed the "Fun House"

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      mdlawyer 7 years ago

      Very useful information brakel2. Exposure to excessive sun is harmful to health. VOTED UP! RATED AWESOME!!


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