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How soon does skin cancer appear after being exposed to uv rays?

How soon does skin cancer appear after being exposed to uv rays?

No time frame: We are all exposed to uv rays daily. It can take years to manifest a malignancy as a result of uv exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How quickly does skin cancer appear after being exposed to uv rays?

How quickly does skin cancer appear after being exposed to uv rays?

Usually years: Except in people with uncommon genetic defects, it takes years to decades after sun/uv exposure for skin cancer to develop. ...Read more

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Does the uv that causes skin cancer get through glass?

Does the uv that causes skin cancer get through glass?

Yes: You would need uv protection on the glass to be safe from the damaging properties of uv. ...Read more

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Should i worry about getting skin cancer from drying my gel nails under a led light @ the nail salon every 2 weeks? Is led light safer than the uv?

Should i worry about getting skin cancer from drying my gel nails under a led light  @ the nail salon every 2 weeks?  Is led light safer than the uv?

No: Led lights have no affiliation with skin cancer however uv does. In fact uv light causes mutations in dna of skin cells, which causes excess proliferation of those cells or cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could ultraviolet radiation cause skin cancer?

Can you tell me how could ultraviolet radiation cause skin cancer?

DNA mutations: Repeated uv light exposure causes breaks in your skin cells dna. Over time, these changes can cause some of the genes in your skin cell dna to change (mutate), which could eventually result in enough of a change to cause cancer. ...Read more

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The max intake of vitD I can take from sun is btw 10am and 1pm when the UVB rays are great but they told me they cause skin cancer what shld I do?

Judicious exposure: We were designed to live under the sun. If you are able to get a tan, it will protect you against the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Start with a short exposure and gradually increased it over time. ...Read more

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Hi! What causes skin cancer uvb or uva? If uvb how could we get vitD from sun exposure if we prevent uvb rays cz they only make our skin produce vitD?

Hi! What causes skin cancer uvb or uva? If uvb how could we get vitD from sun exposure if we prevent uvb rays cz they only make our skin produce vitD?

Excellent question: You are right! We were designed to live under the sun and that is exactly how we make vitamin D in the body. Judicious exposure to sunlight is the answer. When you develop a tan, it protects you. ...Read more

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How can the sun cause skin cancer?

How can  the sun cause skin cancer?

Uv rays: Uvb and uva cause d dimer formation in your cells RNA which leads to cancer. In laymen's terms, the uv light damages the cells foundation which leads to cancer. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer show up overnight?

No: No cancer shows up over night. Cancer usually takes many years to develop. Even lesions on skin gradually change (increase in size or change color ect) over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more