Resisting the summer sun can be tough, but most people are unaware of the damage tanning can do to the sun. Here are some of the most common myths about melanoma so you can protect your skin this summer:
1. People that don’t burn won’t get melanoma
Though people with fair skin that burns easily are more at risk for developing skin cancer, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Regardless of your skin tone, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin from overexposure.
2. Odd moles can be removed before they turn cancerous
An odd looking mole might just seem like an abnormality to some people, but it can be a sign of something much more serious. Dermatologists are the only ones who can tell if a mole is cancerous, so be sure to schedule an appointment with your physician if you notice a discolored mole.
3. Some sunscreens can increase your risk of developing skin cancer
When used as directed, sunscreen is perfectly safe and can decrease your risk of developing melanoma. Choose SPF 15 or higher to increase your protection from UV rays.
4. Skin cancer only affects older people, not teenagers.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in people ages 25 – 29. People of all ages should check their skin each month to detect abnormalities early on.
5. I’m already being treated for skin cancer, so I don’t have to worry.
Certain types of treatment for skin cancer require radiation, which can increase your sensitivity to sunlight. If you’re in treatment for skin cancer, take extra precautions to protect yourself from developing more cancerous moles and melanoma.
Talk to one of our dermatologists if your have an abnormal mole or skin formation.