Sunshine is very important for our health, but overexposure can cause diseases like skin cancer.
1 out of 5 Americans are at risk of developing skin cancer in their life time. There are 3 types of skin cancer: Melanoma, Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 90% of the skin cancers are due to UV exposure as in basking in the sun for a skin tan.
A blistering sun burn in childhood is said to increase the risk of myeloma by 50%. Women are the most affected by this dreaded disease. Myeloma is the most common type of cancer among youngsters. If detected in the early stages the chances of a cure are 99%.
Precautions to be taken in case of extended exposure to sun - wear high SPF clothing and apply sufficient sunscreen lotions to the exposed parts of the body.