Myths vs. Facts for a Sun Safe Summer

With spring and summer often comes more sunshine. Though this is a welcome sight to many, it also requires a certain kind of safety. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime according to current trends. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, too, as it is the most common kind of cancer found in 25-29 year olds and the second most common in 15-25 year olds.

The good news is that most skin cancers are highly preventable and treatable. The bad news is that many people think they know how to prevent skin cancer but are relying on myths.

Here are some Myths and Facts about skin cancer:

Myth Fact
You only get skin cancer if you get sunburnt frequently or go tanning regularly According to Cancer.org, “brief sun exposures all year round can add up to major damage for people with fair skin.”
As long as you have sunscreen on, you’re protected from skin cancer. Sunscreen doesn’t provide complete protection from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen also wears off easily and should be frequently reapplied.
A t-shirt will protect you from the sun. Light colored shirts barely protect your skin from UV rays. Dark shirts do better, but still do not completely block rays.
If your complexion doesn’t burn, I can’t get skin cancer Every tan and every sunburn damages your skin permanently.

Now that you have read these facts, you should be able to ace this quiz on Cancer.org. Give it a try and stay safe from sun damage!

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