Usually I don't write a lot about cancer even though it is one of the main reasons behind the creation of JOLI Natural Skin Care (avoiding carcinogenic ingredients). However, three people I know have recently had surgery to remove basal-cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
This got me wondering what is basal-cell carcinoma [BCC]?
Basal-cell carcinoma is one of the most common forms of cancer and most often occurs in fair skinned people with a family history of this type of cancer. Scary for me since both my Aunt and my mum (sisters with fair skin and freckles), have had BCC's removed.
Most experts attribute sun exposure and/or getting sun burnt to be one of the main causes of skin cancer and believe prevention is the best cure. That is: no getting burnt, no spending excess time exposing your skin to the sun and using SPF sun creams [slip, slop, slap].
I, personally tend to be wary of the use of sunscreens since many contain carcinogenic ingredients and nano technology to help those ingredients get deeper into our blood stream. I feel like I'm damned if I do damned if I don't. And what do I do with my children? Use sun block on them and risk them getting cancer or don't use it and risk them getting basal-cell carcinoma? Urgh!
Here is an article Safest Sunscreens Recommended by Environmental Working Group you might like to read. It talks about the reasons why some sunscreens are a bit dubious and mentions some of the good guys.
Note some interesting Skin Cancer Facts:
* 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their life time.
* 2-4% of Asians will develop skin cancer.
* 1-2% African Americans will develop skin cancer (note the darker the skin the less likelihood of developing skin cancer)
* While Asians and African's do not develop skin cancer as often as fair skinned people their cancer is more likely to result in death. [This probably has a lot to do with their health care (or lack thereof) in general.]
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Have you or someone you know experienced basal-cell carcinoma? Was fair skin a factor? Was sun worship a factor? Was applying sun cream or lack thereof a factor?
Would love to hear more from you all about this.