Sunburn and skin cancer..you have to protect yourself from the sun in the city

It smells good in summer. It is beautiful, very beautiful. And very hot hot. So much. It will last all week. From Wednesday, an early heat wave from the Maghreb will affect the whole of France, as the thermometer will panic and exceed 40 degrees Celsius locally.

If it is evident that the most vulnerable must remain calm and hydrated, those who crave the sun, themselves, risk not resisting the call of well-opened terraces, while those who work outdoors will have to reconcile professional activity with the management of heat and sun. The sun that, without protection, only wants good for our skin. On the occasion of Prevention and Awareness Week for Targeted Screening for Skin Cancer, June 12-17, 20 minutes It reminds you of the good reflexes you should adopt in the city to benefit from the virtues of the sun without being exposed to its iniquities.

The same bad deeds on the beach and in the city

On vacation, we are fairly good students. Beach, mountain, countryside… During the summer, many adopt the right reactions. In everyday life, on the other hand, when the sun heats up the asphalt and makes us suffocate, good habits are often forgotten. Whether it’s on the way to work, having a drink, or just walking around, almost no one is protecting themselves. “For most people, this is only necessary on vacation. In the city, it is not a matter of concern,” notes Dr. Isabel Rousseau, dermatologist.

However, “The sun doesn’t pick: It hits everywhere, assures Dr. Mark Purcell, MD, a dermatologist at Poncello University Hospital in Rennes and Vice President of the National Association of Dermatologists and Venereologists (SNDV). And when you’re working outdoors or spending more time Outside, in parks or on the porch, in the most dangerous times, UV rays will reveal their harmful effects like nowhere else.” However, “UV exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer,” states SNDV. Ultraviolet rays have a “variable presence: UVA rays, which are responsible for skin aging, radiate throughout the year, when UVB rays are especially present in the summer period, when we are most susceptible,” explains Dr. Perrussel. UVB rays that pass through pollution and will eventually lead to sunburn and consume the sun’s capital.”

Some people are more at risk than others

In a homeopathic dose (15 minutes per day on the forearms), the sun has benefits for the body. It allows it to synthesize vitamin D – essential for bone health and immunity. And it must be admitted, the sun, we also love it because it gives the skin a golden tan. But in high doses, he is no longer a friend. And in the long term, “poorly controlled exposure can have serious consequences, possibly even cancerous,” warns Dr. Purcell. Especially for some people: “We’re not all equal in facing the sun, and some people are more likely to get skin cancer,” SNDV recalls.

The people most likely to develop melanoma are “people who have fair skin, eyes and hair, who get sunburned easily and who have many moles,” explains Dr. Purcell. L’Australie, o les rayons sont particulièrement nocifs en raison d’un trou dans la couche d’ozone, et ou la population blanche historique est d’ascendance britannique, affiche l’un des tauxés de cancer de la élevé planet. However, “often, darker skin can be more prone to developing skin cancer,” assures a dermatologist. Additionally, “immunodeficiency, and having a family or personal history of skin cancer” are risk factors, SNDV complements.

Other people are also more fragile. “All those who work outdoors, in construction, outdoor sports or in rural areas,” adds Dr. Purcell. But also “baldness,” Dr. Russo continues. The scalp is very brittle, which is a very important area for cancer.” Thus, “actinic keratosis is one of the most common diseases in balding people is actinic keratosis,” explains Dr. These are precancerous lesions that in 10% of cases can develop into a very virulent carcinoma, because it is a cancer that can spread. It is more common than melanoma, with an incidence of about 20 people per 100,000, versus 2 to 4 per 100,000.”

Strict protection and regular monitoring

To protect yourself, “In the city we adopt the same reactions as on the beach, my dermatologist insists: We avoid sunlight between 12 and 4 p.m., or wear light clothing but cover it, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the top of the skull as well as the back of neck and ears.” “We avoid sunburn tattoos, drawn by sunburn,” insists Dr. Peircel. Dr. Russo describes: “And we apply an index of sunscreen 50 as soon as there is strong sun, every morning, even to go shopping.” “In sufficient quantities,” continues Dr. For the neckline, for example, the appropriate amount is the palm of your hand, no less, to be renewed every two hours. This does not dispense with avoiding the sun’s rays at the hottest time.

Without these precautions, “there is a risk of rapid exposure to the effects of UV rays with sunburn, warns Dr. Peresil. But it is insidious and has delayed effects. Ultimately, there is a risk of noticing accelerated skin aging and the emergence of cancer, whether in urban, rural or coastal areas.” To counteract UV rays “which are responsible for skin aging and pass through windows, solar filters can be placed in buildings such as on road vehicles, for example.”

To maintain these good—new—reflexes, “We check moles regularly, checking for rough, red, swollen, irregular lesions of several colors or of large and variable diameter,” advises Dr. Perisil. If necessary, consult a doctor. Your treating physician who, if necessary, will go to a dermatologist for a prompt treatment.” Each year, about 100,000 skin cancers are detected in France, according to SNDV. According to INCa, the number of skin cancers has tripled in thirty years.

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