The sun is shining, the water is calling: summer is bathing suit season! Lying on the beach, surfing the waves, challenging yourself to a hike in the woods or perhaps a marathon bike ride, summer is the perfect time to soak up those ultra violet rays for that lovely golden glow. If you, like so many others others, enjoy a deep, rich tan that your friends say is to die for, you should also be aware that they are closer to the truth than you might think.
About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is among the most common forms of cancer and one in every five people will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. Is is estimated that over eight thousand people a day are diagnosed with some sort of skin cancer. Most treatments for skin cancer can be performed on an out-patient basis with specialized topical creams or medications, or through surgery to remove the diseased area from the skin. More advanced cases could extend to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Types of Skin Cancer
Although people are becoming increasingly more concerned about their health these days, some of the tools we rely on to keep our health in check may not be as reliable as we once thought. The Body Mass Index, or BMI, is one such tool. The BMI is a measurement used to gauge whether someone is underweight, overweight, normal weight, or obese by comparing their weight to their height. Many people, including many health care professionals, believe that calculating your BMI provides a more accurate idea about how healthy or unhealthy you are. Unfortunately, the Body Mass Index may not be that accurate after all.
Keep reading to learn more about why the Body Mass Index may not be the best tool to gauge your health.
History of the Body Mass Index
The BMI was developed by French mathematician Adolphe Quetelet throughout the early-to-mid 1800s. It was originally known as the Quetelet index. It was not until well over a hundred years later, in 1972, that the term "body mass index" was coine ...