A More Serious Concern Than Most People Realize

We all know a lot of the drills when it comes to avoiding cancer. Almost all of us know that smoking is a good way to get any number of cancers. Though obviously lung cancer is near the top of the list there. We might know that excess weight can be a surprisingly huge influence on our risk of cancer. Some of us might even know that overcooking meat can raise our chances of cancer.

But even people with this level of understanding have a depressingly low chance of knowing about one of the most destructive and pervasive forms of cancer. Lack of understanding is one of the reasons why skin cancer is so common at this point in our history. We often forget about just how powerful the sun really is.

Consider how much energy a standard laptop uses for a minute. This might seem like a divergence in the topic at first. But one would have to admit that a laptop uses a considerable amount of power. Just keeping a screen lit would attest to that fact. A laptop uses an enormous amount of power over the course of a day. But now think about solar cells. Fairly modest solar cells intended for hiking and camping are more than capable of powering a laptop. Think of all that power used by these computers. And then think about the fact that solar cells roughly 1/2 to 1/3 the size of a human can supply them with enough power to run simply by soaking up the sun’s rays.

And now consider that our skin is soaking up all of that power as well. Every single time we walk outdoors, even in cloudy weather, we’re absorbing solar radiation. And we should always remember something about radiation other than the fact that it can provide electrical power. Radiation causes cellular mutations. And if our skin is continually soaking up enough of it to power a laptop than it means we’re getting a lot of that radiation into our cells.

Worse, people are usually ignorant about the severity of skin cancer. Traditional chemotherapy tends to be fairly ineffective against it. Newer forms of immunotherapy can give people a fighting chance. But if we don’t find skin cancer, or melanoma, early on than the chances of surviving it go down considerably. What should one do about melanoma? The first thing to do is find local help. You can search online for any  melanoma cancer treatment lincoln ne center near you.

Next, it’s important to keep in mind that there will be a lot of waiting involved. Tests need to determine whether the melanoma has spread to other parts of the body. If it is indeed skin cancer than the area showing it will usually end up excised early on. But the rest of the treatment will depend on if and how far it’s spread. And whether that movement has just gone over skin or into other organs. However, it’s important to stress that it’s always better to check any concern than to wait on it. The earlier one receives treatment the higher the chances of it going smoothly.