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Rachel Schwarz February 1, 2011 ZOO 161-AC “Fun in the Sun?” Most of the population may view a day at the beach as a fun, carefree summer day. Little do most beach goers know that their time spent frolicking in the sun is actually causing permanent damage to their bodies. The sun emits ultraviolet radiation, which destroys the cells on the skin’s surface or destroys the epidermis layer. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation has been proven to be the causative agent of three types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Melanoma. The ultraviolet waves from the sun trigger skin cells to grow and divide exponentially, due to the
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Unformatted text preview: alteration of genetic material. Cancerous skin cells can be destroyed by radiation, excision, electrodessication, and cryosurgery. It is imperative that our society understand the grave consequence of too much sun exposure. Moreover, the population should be aware of the various ways to avoid developing skin cancer. The best ways to defend oneself from the sun are by wearing protective clothing, by applying sunscreen, by avoiding exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and by refraining from the use of tanning salons. If more of the population was to adhere to these guidelines, more than one million cases of skin cancer could possibly be prevented....
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