Sunscreen. I heard that sh**t was flammable?
But, if you don't use it you're at risk of getting skin cancer...
What a dilemma.
Is it to reduce your risk of skin cancer?
Skin cancer rates are going up exponentially?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer accounting for 1/3 new cases in Canada. It is predicted that 1/73 women and 1/59 men will deal with skin cancer in their lifetime.
The first two, “the carcinomas” are less dangerous. They progress slowly, and are hopefully caught and surgically removed.
The melanoma (I like to think meanie) accounts for 5% of skin cancer cases. It is more serious and can be fatal.
UVA radiation (longer wavelengths) is associated with aging and melanoma.
UVA radiation (longer wavelengths) is used in tanning beds. Using tanning beds before the age of 30 increases your risk of skin cancer by 75%.
UVB radiation (shorter wavelengths) is associated with sunburns. It is also associated with basal and squamous cell carcinoma. (Skin cancer at the top skin tissue)
UVC radiation (not pictured) has the shortest wavelengths and does not reach the earths surface.
It is a term used to imply UVA and UVB protection, however It is NOT regulated and is a form of marketing.
Unfortunately, there are no rainbows in your sunscreen.