The Effects of Sun Exposure to the Human Body

1928 Words Dec 10th, 2012 8 Pages
Lone Star College Engl. 1301 | Cause and Effect Essey | The effects of sun exposure on the human body. |

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11/23/2012
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Every hour at least one American will die of skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun. These statistics are alarming and most people are unaware that the sunshine that we all love so much is in fact a threat to our health and good looks. It is up to us to educate ourselves and our children on the harmful effects of sun exposure on the human body like premature aging, physical damage to the body, and cancerous diseases. Premature aging is one main effect of sun exposure. Becoming an old looking, wrinkly person is the last thing people look forward to, but did you know that the average
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Patients who suffer from it often complain of persistent severe dryness and cracking of the lips, resulting in extreme pain in addition to looking bad. This damage done by sun exposure does not stop at the skin and eyes, even though the suns damaging UV rays hit only the outside of our bodies, the inside of our bodies can be affected by the sun too. Risk estimations have been performed by the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment. It is estimated that UV doses relevant to outdoor exposure can ruin proper function of the body’s immune system. This will affect the bodied natural resistance to infectious agents, such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. It sounds like our mothers were wrong when they told us that we needed to go outside and get some sun. The scariest fact found when researching the effects of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays is that ninety present of skin cancer is caused by it. Doesn’t knowing the facts make you want to shield yourself and your children by never going outside again? Unfortunately, that is just imposable but educating our youth is the first step to prevention since most sun exposure is achieved before the age of eighteen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of every five American’s will develop skin cancer. The three main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and malignant melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common
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