How Climate Change Triggers The Increase Of Skin Cancer Rates

The climate change has a negative impact on many areas of our life. It affects agriculture, as intense heat and prolonged draughts lead to smaller and lower quality crops. It affects our daily life, as pollution becomes more and more difficult to overcome. Ultimately, it affects our health and wellbeing, as we are forced to breathe in polluted air and to expose ourselves to more intense UV radiations.

As the climate becomes warmer with each and every year, the ozone layer gets thinner. As this layer acts as a natural barrier against harmful solar radiations, its thinning brings only bad news for the humankind. The worst new of all is that rates of skin cancer are on the rise, this being the effect of direct exposure to sunrays.

Scientists have determined that there’s a direct correlation between exposure to UV radiation and the risk of developing skin cancer. Although more studies need to be conducted in order to have the exact measure of this catastrophe, actual statistics and facts support this statement. The increase of skin cancer cases over the past 30 years is obvious, especially in areas with warmer climate such as Australia and South America. Unfortunately, the global warming phenomenon has determined the increase of warm climate areas, exposing the local population to increased risks of developing melanoma and other types of skin cancers.

Unfortunately, people aren’t aware of these climate changes, so they don’t acknowledge the need to change their dressing habits and their behaviors to suit the new weather conditions. Way too often they go outside their homes without wearing any sunscreen, and dressed in clothing that barely protects them from the direct action of the sun. They expose themselves to a very high amount of UV radiation, without even realizing how serious this problem is. Moreover, their beach holiday behavior has stayed the same as many years ago, when the sun was milder. There’s no wonder many of them end up with severe sunburn, which is yet another risk factor for skin cancer. Most of these people realize what they’ve done to themselves when it’s already too late to do anything. Only the lucky ones who get diagnosed early have good chances to cure. The medical community makes efforts to communicate the dangers of sun exposure to the masses, but the effect of their actions is yet to be noticed.

Last but not least, many construction and infrastructure workers need to spend several hours a day outdoors, regardless the weather conditions. Not all of them pay attention to protecting their skin against the harmful radiations, so they become another high risk category, when it comes to the incidence of skin cancer. It’s the duty of employers to take action for protecting these workers by offering them the appropriate equipment and by instructing them on the harmful effects of the climate change and of the global warming.

Melanoma is already the most common type of cancer worldwide. As this problem can’t be neglected any longer, we all have to do everything in our power to protect ourselves and those around us against this hazard.