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    Default Skin Cancer Only Caused By Sunlight?

    Okay, this is a really naive question, but is skin cancer primarially/wholly down to overexposure to sunlight?
    I heard it was, that the gamma radiation in sunlight was the killer, but surely gamma radiation can source from other things; would they be potential causes too, then?

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    Skin cancer is mostly seen in the area where the Ozone layer has been depleted and the radiation or the sun rays which contain harmful gamma rays damages your skin and some time you got affected by skin cancer.

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    you heard it right man.......
    Radioactive materials that decay spontaneously produce ionizing radiation, which has sufficient energy to strip away electrons from atoms (creating two charged ions) or to break some chemical bonds. Any living tissue in the human body can be damaged by ionizing radiation in a unique manner. The body attempts to repair the damage, but sometimes the damage is of a nature that cannot be repaired or it is too severe or widespread to be repaired. Also mistakes made in the natural repair process can lead to cancerous cells. The most common forms of ionizing radiation are alpha and beta particles, or gamma and X-rays.

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    number one cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation. gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation of high frequency so they can cause severe damage if it is absorbed by living tissues.

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    skin cancer can be caused by the sun, tanning beds, medications to combat auto-immune diseases, over exposure to x rays, certain chemicals as arsenic, hydrocarbins in tar, oil and soot.

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    Any sort of radiation can cause it. No, you shouldn't worry that your friend's Carbon-14 or just a second of exposure will cause you cancer, but don't over-expose yourself. Oh yeah, and you're begging to get yourself skin cancer if you get tanned, in any way.

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    Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. This also includes the UV rays from sun lamps and tanning beds. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. If you take care and wear a really good broad spectrum sunscreen when you are outside and stay out of the sun as much as possible you will greatly minimize your potential of getting skin cancer.

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    One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

    * This translates into over 55 million Americans.
    * One in 75 will develop melanoma, the often-fatal form of skin cancer, and if the current trends hold true, the percentage will be higher still.
    * Melanoma incidence has increased by 1200% since the 1930s.
    * In teenagers it has increased by 100% in the past 10 years alone.
    * It is the most common cancer in women under 30.
    * Deaths from melanoma continue to rise despite newer treatment modalities.

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    Skin Cancer are mostly caused by exposure to ultraviolet light or UV radiation. This radiation is found in sunlight.Ultraviolet rays create a chemical reaction with melanin, this chemical cause pigmentation in the skin. The job of melanin is to protect the the body from radiation.When the melanin absorbs too much UV radiation, you will get a sunburn. Increased exposure to UV radiation can cause permanent damage to the melanin and the skin cells,this leading to cancer.

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    Red face

    No sunlight is not the cause for skin cancer then we all would have suffered from skin cancer.It depends upon your body's immune system that how strong are you to tolerate all these radiations.

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