Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Common Myths about Skin Cancer

Experiencing just one blistering sunburn in your life, spending a lot of time in the sun as a child, holding an outdoor job (like a lifeguard or mail carrier), having used a tanning bed, and a family history all put you at increased risk for developing skin cancer. But there are also certain myth people do get affected.

Check out these skin care myths that got debunked by the experts from all over the world:

Myth: A yearly mole check is all I need for screening.

Fact: If you’re not at high risk for skin cancers, once a year is enough, but if you’re fair, have a family history of melanoma, or have suffered several bad sunburns in your life, then meet a dermatologist every six months says Dr Kapoor.

Myth: I should apply sunscreen as soon as I get to the beach.

Fact: Slather it on at least one hour before you enter the sun. “You need to give it a chance to absorb,” says Tony Nakhla, MD, a dermatologist and author of The Skin Commandments.

Myth: I need to get a base tan so I don’t burn.

Fact: Pair that mentality with some fair genetics and it’s a melanoma breeding ground, says Dr Kapoor. When you give yourself a “base,” you’re essentially double-dipping in harmful UVA/UVB rays. There is no such thing as a base tan—tanned skin is damaged skin, and damaged skin is, well, damaged.

Myth: My skin’s naturally dark and never burns so I don’t need sunscreen.

Fact: “Skin cancer is colour-blind,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist in Montclair, NJ, and coauthor of Beautiful Skin of Color. In fact, skin cancer rates are increasing among Latinos. Plus, those with dark skin may not recognize the early stages of skin cancers as easily as people with light skin.

Remember, feelings about one’s body may change following a diagnosis of melanoma and with the need for treatment. So whether it’s you or your known suffering from it, try to involve talking openly about your concerns with your partner and discussing your feelings with your doctor to adapt to your body’s changing image.

Stay positive to stay well with cancer!

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