Four Skin Cancer Myths Debunked

By Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics
January 14, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

While many people love achieving a beautiful golden glow, no one wants their love of tanning to turn into skin cancer in Issaquah. Yet, millions of Americans put themselves at risk for developing the serious disease and needing to see Dr. Suseela Narra, MD for treatment by believing skin cancer myths that simply aren't true. Whether you love tanning or you only get a little tan on occasion, here are four major skin cancer myths you need to be aware of.

1. You Only Need Sunscreen At the Beach

While you do need sunscreen at the beach, the beach isn't the only place you can be overexposed to the sun. Contrary to popular Skin Cancerbelief, you can get too much sun exposure on a cloudy day, while driving, or even inside near a window. If you're going to be outside or near a window for any length of time, you may want to consider putting on sunscreen just in case.

2. Getting A Base Tan Will Protect Your Skin from Damage

While a base tan may reduce your risk of burning, it does not reduce your risk of cancer in Issaquah. Every time your skin changes color - even if the change is only slight - it is a sign of skin damage. The best way to prevent a sunburn isn't to get a tan, but to wear a good sunscreen.

3. People of Color Don't Have to Worry About Sun Damage

While people of color are less likely to get skin cancer in Issaquah, they are more likely to die from it. There are even certain forms of skin cancer that are more commonly seen in people of color. Whether your skin is light, dark or somewhere in between, you still need to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

4. Tanning Beds are a Safe Alternative to the Sun

Tanning beds are an alternative to the sun, but they aren't a safe one. Tanning beds contain both UVA and UVB rays - the same types of rays that are found in sunlight. Tanning light is also much more concentrated, so your chances of getting skin damage are much more severe.

There's nothing wrong with wanting beautiful, radiant skin - you should look and feel your best! Sun damage is not the way to achieve the look you desire, however. Choose a sunless tanner instead, and spare your body the risk of developing skin cancer. If you're worried that your tanning or sun exposure may have damaged your skin, visit Narra Dermatology and Aesthetics in Issaquah.