Showing posts with label skin cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin cancer. Show all posts

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tattoos have become increasingly popular over the last decade, as more and more people choose to have important symbols or meaningful images or words tattooed on them, but do they increase the risk of health problems, including cancer?

Tattoos and skin cancer

The case for

Tattoos have been linked to an increased risk of infection as a result of breaking the skin, but some health experts believe that they also increase the risk of skin cancer. Dr DJS Tula, a consultant cosmetic surgeon at the BLK Hospital in Delhi, India, said that tattoos can increase the risk of blood-borne infections, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, as well as types of skin cancer including squamous cell, melanoma and carcinoma. Dr Tula added that having a tattoo does not mean that you are going to get skin cancer, but the risk is elevated because of the ink used to create the design.

Dr Tula also added that tattoos should never been done close to moles because they make it difficult for people to spot changes in the appearance of the mole, which are a common symptom of skin cancer.

Studies published in the USA have also prompted an investigation into the chemical make-up of tattoo ink by the US Food and Drug Administration. Studies showed that some of the chemicals, including black ink benzo(a)pyrene, have been found to cause skin cancer during animal testing.

The case against

In contrast, Dr Ariel Ostad, a dermatologist and surgeon from New York, said that skin experts have been researching the impact of tattoos on the skin for several years and there is no evidence to suggest that tattoos increase the risk of skin cancer. Research involving people who have the condition has not uncovered greater prevalence of skin cancer among people with tattoos and there is also no evidence to suggest that having a tattoo after receiving treatment for skin cancer increase the risk of relapse.

Dr Ostad did support Dr Tula's comments about avoiding tattoos close to moles, stating that tattoos can mask the visible changes in the skin, which may prevent skin cancer from being diagnosed early. Early diagnosis increases survival rates significantly. Dr Ostad's advice was to leave a suitable gap around any moles to ensure that any changes are clearly visible and can be identified without any trouble.

Risk factors for skin cancer

The most important risk factor for skin cancer is sun exposure. Research also suggests that people who have fair skin have a higher risk. If you are going outside, apply sun cream (if you have fair skin that burns easily use a high factor), wear a sun hat and avoid the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Avoid using sun beds and tanning lamps, as these use powerful UV rays and increase your risk. If you want a healthy golden glow, use self-tanning products.

Caring for tattooed skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, newly tattooed skin is very sensitive and you should take extra care when bathing and going out in the sun. It is also important to keep an eye on your skin and to seek medical help if you notice irritation and rashes around the tattoo. The AAD also recommended avoiding moles when choosing a location for the new tattoo and seeing a dermatologist if you notice any changes in the skin around the tattoo.

The relationship between tattoos and skin cancer is unclear. Some experts believe that tattoo ink can increase one’s risk of the condition but then others say that there is no link Further research in this area is being carried out and new evidence may become available in the coming months or years to either refute or support the claim that tattoos increase the risk of cancer.

By Richard Keane

Friday, September 06, 2013

There are a number of features common to all types of cancer. Doctors are advised to pay particular attention to these symptoms to detect cancer in its early stages of development and has successfully overcome it.

1. Pain in certain parts of the body. In the initial stage it just might be a state of discomfort.

2. Rapid weight loss. Cancerous tumors disrupt the metabolic processes in the body, and there is a loss of weight in a month or two.

3. A feeling of weakness. Cancer produces intoxication.

4. The high temperature. Violates human tumor immunity, and he reacts to it.

5. Changing kind of skin and hair. Cancer violates the metabolism and it shows in a person's appearance.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

If moles are not located in the most inconvenient places and do not spoil our appearance, most of us do not pay attention to them. And for good reason! Birthmark - this area of ​​the skin where there is a breach of the exchange and synthesis of melanin. Most often, a mole is a smooth dark spot on the skin, but in some cases it may be slightly raised above the surface of the skin, but still be covered with sparse hairs.

Be attentive to the condition of moles: using sponges or scrubs try not to touch them, and leaving in the sun, this lubricate the skin sunscreen. Otherwise, a mole may be a dull place of formation of malignant tumors - melanoma. This new growth is accompanied by the rapid emergence of metastases.

Your body is a lot of moles, and you're worried about? The best way of precaution would be to remove them, but, of course, not at home - it can only lead to a deterioration. Consult a physician. Currently, there are several ways to remove moles: surgical excision, electrocautery, laser-assisted and by freezing with liquid nitrogen (not to the same leaving visible traces on the skin).

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Professional cosmetics, designed for sunbathing on nature, has different degree of protection of the skin from ultraviolet rays. On the tubes, they are designated labeled SPF (Sun Protective Factor).

Figures 10, 20, 30 etc. indicate how many times helps to reduce exposure to the sun, the tool for sunbathing. The base value of the safe sun exposure is considered to be 10 minutes. If your vehicle is worth marking SPF 12, while exposure to the sun is 120 minutes.

All sun-protection cosmetics is indicative gradation levels of protection:
  • 2-6 - base;
  • 8-12 - average;
  • 15-25 - high;
  • 30-50 - intensive;
  • 50 and above - blocking.
But the majority of scholars have come to the conclusion that no tool can not provide complete protection against the adverse effects of sunlight.

To maximally protect skin from harmful effects of sunlight, sunburn remedy should be selected taking into account the skin type. Experts divided into 6 types of skin:

1. Albinos - people with fair skin and hair, blue or green eyes. Their skin becomes red with tan color. Stay in the sun without protective cream is allowed no more than 7 minutes. Protective equipment they need to choose SPF 50 or higher.

2. People of the "Nordic" appearance. People with fair skin, blue or brown eyes and freckles. Without sun cream to stay in the sun, they are allowed no more than 15 minutes. Means of protection: the first few weeks - SPF 50 or higher, then SPF 20 - 25 - 30.

3. People with fair skin, brown eyes, brown or dark brown hair. Remedies in the early days - SPF 50 or higher, the first week, SPF 15, the next - SPF 8-6.

4. People who have dark skin (or eastern Mediterranean). Means of protection: the first week - SPF 10, the next - SPF 6.

5. People with very dark skin (Indians, inhabitants of South America and Africa). Under the sun can go without sunscreen. And yet, in the first week of recommended funds with SPF 6 degrees of protection.

6. Black people. Their skin is not susceptible to burns from the sun's rays. They are encouraged to use moisturizing lotions and creams.

How to keep a nice tan for a long time?

The very first thing you need for tanned skin, it's intense hydration. After drying the skin tan. To get tanned and moisturized skin, use cosmetics after sunburn, which are usually applied after sunbathing. Also within 1-2 months after the adoption of solar recommended sunblock with a highly moisturizing (with the prefix "super" or "ultra") components. It will be good if the composition of such funds will still be present antioxidants. Since free radicals, increasing the sunlight, accelerate the aging process of the skin.

Great help in the restoration of the skin after sun provides Vitamin A. After a rest on the sea it is recommended to visit a therapist and determine the appropriate dose and duration of administration of the vitamin.

Support help solarium tanning effect and various tools for self-tanning.

How long does the tan?
Each person is different this time, since it depends on the characteristics of the skin of the individual. If the tan obtained under the rays of the sun, even in the permitted hours of skin, most likely, will flake, as the skin, though not much, but got a sunburn. If the tan obtained in the shade, it will please you much more, and will go unnoticed.

But the main thing, keep in mind that the best protection for the skin, this is tanning.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer is here and you're showing more of yourself to the world. The hot sun and salt water can be rough on your skin. If you want to be a natural summer beauty, try these beauty tips. Not only will you have radiant skin, you'll look better than you have in years.

1. Eyebrow Threading

Eyebrow threading is one of those beauty tips you may have never heard of. If you've been pulling, yanking, waxing, and tweezing your eyebrow, chin, and lip hair, there's a much better way. Eyebrow threading is much safer for your skin than waxing. Commercial wax contains resins, fragrances, dyes, and parabens that could do serious damage to your health.

Threading uses 100% cotton thread to quickly and efficiently remove hair from the root. It's a great choice for sensitive skin and it lasts much longer than other hair-removal methods. Eyebrow threading gives an attractive shape to your brows waxing and tweezing just can't provide.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is for more than just salad. You can also use it to improve the look and feel of your summer skin. Pour raw organic apple cider vinegar on a clean cotton ball and apply it to acne-prone areas. After a shower or workout is the best time to use this inexpensive natural beauty treatment. You can also use apple cider vinegar to soothe the sting of sunburn.

3. Baking Soda

That dusty box of baking soda in your bathroom has many beauty uses. Add some to your toothpaste to whiten your teeth for a sparkling smile. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to gently scrub and exfoliate your skin. Dab a bit of baking soda paste onto a bug bite and ease the sting and inflammation instantly.

You can also rinse your hair with a combination of baking soda and water to clean excess dirt and oil from your hair and leave it feeling silky and smooth. Just combine 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water and put into a squeeze bottle. Step into the shower and mix the combination into your hair. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

4. Chamomile Tea

Want to lighten your hair without harsh and dangerous dyes? Try chamomile tea. Bring a pot to boil, remove from heat, and place 4 teabags in to steep. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Pour it into a spray bottle, get into the shower, and saturate your hair. Cover with a cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse. You'll have beautiful, beachy hair all summer long!

5. Sunlight

Sunlight as a natural beauty supply? Sure. Many people completely avoid the sun because they're afraid it will cause skin cancer. The truth is moderate exposure to sunlight can actually help prevent skin cancer. Fifteen to twenty minutes of unprotected sun exposure helps your body manufacture necessary vitamin D. It also gives you a natural and beautiful summer glow.

Many store-bought sunscreens contain parabens and retinyl palmitate that have been linked to the development of cancer. If you're going to be out for longer than thirty minutes, opt for natural, organic sunblock with zinc or titanium dioxide. These compounds sit on your skin instead of absorbing into it.

You don't have to spend a fortune to look good in the summer. These beauty tips will not only save your wallet, they'll improve your health too!

What about you? What are your favorite summer beauty tips?

Guest Post by: Jaime A. Heidel is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health. Connect with her for natural health tips on Facebook and Twitter.