Even with all of the advances in medical technology and information provided by doctors on how to remain healthy, there are myths that people still believe about certain diseases.
Skin cancer has many myths that are dangerous to those who believe them because they limit the proper precautionary steps to take in order to prevent developing skin cancer.
Here’s what we do know about skin cancer, provided by skincancer.org:
There are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined diagnosis of the breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer each year.
Statistics show that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.
In the U.S., over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people each year.
Since we all know that the value of a medical professionals opinion is better than anything you read on the Internet, here are a few skin cancer myths you will want to avoid.
Myth: Only UVB radiation can cause skin damage.
Fact: Both UVA and UVB cause skin damage and sunburns, which can lead to skin cancer.
Myth: Skin cancer only affects older adults, not teens and young adults.
Fact: Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in those of the 25 to 29 age range.
Myth: Doctors can cut off funny looking moles before they become cancerous.
Fact: What some perceive as an annoying mole that has changed in its size and/or color can very possibly be an early form of skin cancer.
Myth: Dark skinned people are not at risk for sun damage and skin cancer.
Fact: People with dark skin do have a lower risk of skin cancer, but this does not make them immune to developing skin cancer.
Myth: Those who tan easily and infrequently burn will not get cancer.
Fact: All doctors will tell you that there is no such thing as healthy sunburns. Any time there is a change to your natural skin color is a sign of skin damage and tanning increases your risk of skin cancer.
Myth: Tanning beds are safer than UV rays from the sun.
Fact: The exposure to the ultraviolet light from tanning beds can negatively impact the skin. For one in every five Americans who visit tanning beds, the exposure can lead to skin cancer.
Dr. Nazareth and his professional medical team at WNY Dermatology are dedicated to providing the highest quality of dermatologic care to you.
If you are concerned about a suspicious mole, sun spot, or the way your skin looks and feels, contact WNY Dermatology today.