Sunday, 14 June 2015

Some common myths related to skin cancer

Skin cancer is easily the most common form of cancer that a lot of people in places like Sydney fall prey to every single year. However, what is unfortunate is the fact that most of them fall prey to it because of lack of awareness related to this dreadful disease and end up at skin cancer clinics.

Some of them are also the victim of misconceptions or myths related to this skin related complication, which is one of the major reasons behind them not being able to take the necessary precautions so as to be able to keep this disease at bay. It is extremely important for you to ensure that you do not become a victim of such wrong pieces of information as they are very detrimental for you and can lead to this serious problem, in turn inviting a lot of problems in the future.  

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that you need to be aware of: 

Myth 1: Only those people contract this disease who spend considerable amount of time on outdoor activities

Fact: This is not entirely true because some of the recent studies done by the dermatologists have shown that even the ones who have had brief exposure to sunlight throughout the year have suffered significant amount of damage. This is especially true for fair skinned people. Even brief exposure to sun such as strolling in the park during peak sun hours can expose your skin to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. And if you involve in such activities almost every day, then the cumulative exposures can pose a threat to your skin in the form of squamous cell cancer.

Myth 2: A tanning bed proves safer than sunlight

Fact: Again, this is nothing but a huge misconception because the fact of the matter is that tanning beds can prove equally dangerous, if not more, when compared to exposure to sun’s rays. This is because tanning beds can harm the skin in a variety of ways and can lead to problems such as wrinkles, sun spots, freckles, etc. And the studies have indicated that one in five white skinned people, who use tanning beds on a periodical basis, are at serious risk of developing skin cancer at some point of time. 

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