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Jump Into November Feeling Informed: 3 Myths About Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Glenn Dale, MDAlthough the days are shorter and you’re spending more time cuddled up inside than outside in the sun, any sun exposure still puts you at risk of developing skin cancer— even when you’re driving. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an alarming 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at one point in their life. Because skin cancer is so common, it’s important to stay in the know. To help you feel more informed jumping into November, we have debunked some common myths about this common form of cancer.

Myth #1: Dark-Skinned Patients Aren’t At Risk

Although fair-skinned patients are more likely to burn when they spend time out in the sun than individuals with dark skin, that doesn’t mean that anyone is immune to skin cancer. If you have a dark complexion, it’s just as important to wear sunscreen every day— even in November.

Myth #2: Tanning Beds Are Good In the Winter

With winter just around the corner, you may be dreading the endless amounts of snow and lack of sunshine. Even though a tanning bed may sound like a helpful way to brighten up your mood and tan your skin, they expose you to harmful UV rays which increase your chances of developing skin cancer.

Myth #3: If I’m Inside I Can’t’ Get Skin Cancer

Yes, it’s true that if you’re hunkered down inside all day, you are exposing your skin to less sun than if you were outside. However, one thing that many patients are unaware of is that you can get sun exposure from sitting next to a window while driving in the car, or even if you spend a few brief moments outside.

Spending more of your time indoors does put you at a lower risk of developing skin cancer, but you should still be wearing a daily SPF to shield your skin. Call (301) 249-0970 to schedule your appointment with our Glenn Dale office to learn more about skin cancer prevention.

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