The summer is here, the days are longer, the sun shines that much brighter, and your chance of sun damage is significantly greater.
An article published in the April issue of The New England Journal of Medicine is a reminder of what the sun really can do to your skin. Although there are benefits of catching some rays, such as fulfilling your vitamin D needs, too much of a good thing can take its toll as seen by William Edward McElligott (on left).
Mr. McElligott is a retired, 69 year old trucker. For almost 30 years of his life he was on the road 9 hours a day in which only the left side of his face was exposed to the sun’s rays shinning through the driver’s window.
According to Mr. McElligott it took 15 years before he actually begin noticing a difference in the left side of his face. Due to the excessive, repeated unprotected sun exposure Mr. McElligott now suffers from unilateral dermatoheliosis, or photo- aging, caused by UVA rays from the sun.
The story of Mr. Elligott is a reminder that responsible skin care is a necessity. Not only can the sun lead to rapid skin aging, UVB and UVA rays from the sun can also produce DNA mutations which in turn can lead to skin cancer. So this summer make sure that you and your family take appropriate measures before heading outdoors for some summer fun.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine
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