Many may find it hard to resist the temptation to go sleeveless and wear shorts to beat the heat but in actuality it is not a great idea.
Both doctors and research papers warn that over exposure to sun rays could increase your chances of getting exposed to skin cancer.
According to a study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in India, skin cancers constitute about two percent of all diagnosed cancers. Every year, India reports over 900,000 cancer cases. It means nearly 18,000 people get exposed to skin cancer or at least two Indians are getting infected with skin cancer every hour.
“Though people with fairer skin are more prone to skin cancer, yet over exposure to sun is harmful as it affects the tissues,” said Dr Ramesh Sarin, a senior oncologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
Dr Sarin believes that the worst time to get exposed to the sun rays is between 10 in the forenoon to 4 in the evening. So, it is always advisable to watch your outdoor timings!
“Next time, you step out of home; make sure you are well clad. The actin rays of the sun disintegrate skin tissues and people. Especially the young ones must take note of it,” added Dr Sarin, who also runs a cancer foundation.
Verifying the belief experts from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine revealed in a research paper that long-term exposure to sun causes physical and structural changes to the skin and photo damage.
P. K Julka, professor of oncology at AIIMS said, “It is better to take care of your health in summers as the sun rays are harmful for your skin. It damages your skin tissues. Covering your body well and staying hydrated is the best way to beat the heat.”
“Though a sizable number of Indians have tanned skin yet prolong exposure to sun is harmful. Sun stroke is a problem that we have been witnessing in many parts of our country,” Jhulka added.
Just not cancer, doctors too warn that wearing sleeveless and shorts over exposes you to sun and could lead to sun strokes. In 2007, over 120 people lost their lives across India, of which at least 30 are from the national capital alone.
With mercury rising across India, it’s time to dress yourself up. Drink loads of liquid and yes, never hesitate to apply good sun screen lotions before venturing out to brave the sun, either for work or for fun!