Summertime in New Mexico means the sun is always shining. The summertime heat is something to be thankful for, especially in the winter months, but too much sun could be taking a toll on your body. We all know that harmful UVA and UVB rays can be deadly and cause skin cancer, however, the sun can take a toll on other parts of the skin in a varied way, affecting it in ways that go beyond skin cancer.
Yes, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and is to be treated as such. Too much sun can result in not only abnormal moles, but sunburn, freckles, wrinkles, and dilation of small blood vessels.
Sunburn is the stepping stone for getting skin cancer. The reddening of the skin and the pain that the burn causes are a perfect base for skin cells to form cancerous moles. Everyone has gotten a sun burn before, some people more than others. This is why it is important to always put sun screen on your skin when out in the heat.
Another affect of the sun is the dilation of small blood vessels. The sun can damage small blood vessels by making them not perform properly, this can impact the color of the skin making it appear darker. With this, they dilation of the blood vessels can also create uneven skin tone and blemishes on the skin.
We all think that most people who have freckles are born with it, but not necessarily. Yes, people who are born with freckles aren’t at risk for any type of skin disease, but people who develop it from the sun can be more susceptible to skin cancer. Freckles form in small dots on the skin usually in places that are highly exposed to the sun. People with lighter skin complexion can see these freckles easier and people with darker toned skin have a harder time spotting them.
Moreover, the skins worst nightmare- wrinkles. Usually this affects middle-aged and elderly people, but too much sun exposure throughout their life can cause wrinkles on the skin to form. UV rays can pull water away from the skin forming folds in the skin, reducing elasticity. Most wrinkles form under fine lines in the eyes and face.
In conclusion, the sun’s heat can take a huge toll on the body. Not only should people be worried about skin cancer, but they should be worried about other skin conditions. As well, always remember to avoid the sun in peak times of the day, wear sunscreen, and always be near the shade.