The Most Common Misconceptions About Skin Cancer

  • Posted on: Feb 15 2024
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Skin Cancer Unfortunately, there are many skin cancer myths that can make people more susceptible to damage from UV rays. That’s why the American Society for Mohs Surgery wants to clear up misconceptions and ensure patients take the proper precautions to protect their skin.

Myth: Dark-Skinned People are Immune to Skin Cancer

Unfortunately, no one is immune to the risk of skin cancer, regardless of race or skin tone. While people with fair skin may be more at risk of developing skin cancer, mortality rates are often higher for people of color. This is because skin cancer is often diagnosed later in people with darker skin, which can significantly decrease the odds of recovery.

Myth: Tanning Beds are Safer Than Tanning in the Sun

The International Agency for Research on Cancer includes UV tanning devices like sunbeds on its Group 1 list of cancer-causing agents. One study revealed that using a tanning bed before the age of 35 can boost the risk of developing melanoma by up to 75%.

Myth: Makeup Offers Plenty of Skin Protection

If your makeup includes sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, it offers some protection to areas where it’s applied. However, sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day to remain effective. Use sunscreen under your makeup and any other areas that may be exposed to the sun, such as the neck, shoulders, and arms. For those unsure how to continue to apply sunscreen over their makeup throughout the day, there are sprays and powders you can use.

Myth: There’s No Need for Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

The sun’s UV rays are a lot more persistent than you think. While clear skies tend to lead to the highest UV levels, up to 90% of UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. Wearing sunscreen year-round helps prevent skin cancer and keeps your skin looking younger for longer. Studies show that the sun is responsible for around 90% of skin aging.

Reach Out to Mohs Surgery for More Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Feel free to check out our educational courses and materials to learn more about skin cancer and how to prevent it. Or contact Mohs Surgery at (785) 783-2070 or through our online contact form.

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