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Skin Cancer: Myths vs. Facts

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Skin Cancer: Myths vs. Facts

Separating myths from facts is essential in understanding skin cancer. Here are some key points to consider:

Myth: Only fair-skinned individuals are at risk of skin cancer.
Fact: While fair skin does increase the risk, people of all skin tones can develop skin cancer.

Myth: Sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days.
Fact: UV rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage on overcast days too, so sunscreen should be used year-round.

Myth: Tanning beds are a safer alternative to sun exposure.
Fact: Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation and increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.

Myth: Skin cancer only affects older individuals.
Fact: Skin cancer can occur at any age, and cases in younger populations are rising due to increased sun exposure.

Myth: A base tan protects against sunburn and skin cancer.
Fact: A tan is a sign of skin damage, and any exposure to UV rays increases the risk of skin cancer.

By dispelling these myths and promoting accurate information, we can encourage sun safety practices and reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

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