We can only get skin cancer on areas that are exposed to sun, right? Actually no. And tanning beds are totally okay? Not really. There are a lot of misconceptions about skin cancer,  and the best way to prevent it is to know more about it. We are sorting fact from fiction.

The most common type of cancer,  skin cancer is often viewed as a less threatening form of cancer since most people with the disease are successfully treated and suffer few, long-term complications. We are busting five of the most common myths about skin cancer. 

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    Myth #1 - You Can't Get Skin Cancer Where The Sun Doesn't Shine

    Many people think that only certain areas of the body that are exposed to sun can get skin cancer. However, skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body. This includes uncommon places such as palms of the hands, soles of the feet, between fingers or toes, or even underneath the nails.

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    Myth #2 - You Can Recognize Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer is commonly thought of as a spot on the skin with dark colors or abnormalities. However, skin cancer can come in many forms. Some of those forms include looking like pimples, warts, freckles, or bruises. They are not always large, either. They can be small and unassuming, but if you see anything out of the ordinary, contact a doctor.

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    Myth #3 - A Biopsy Aggravates Skin Cancer

    Some people are afraid to get something that may be skin cancer looked at because they believe having a biopsy aggravates the cancer. This, however, is false. There is no evidence that indicates this happens.

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    Myth #4- Get a Base Tan Protects You From Skin Cancer

    Tanning is probably the #1 activity that people love to do that causes skin cancer. Whether it is indoor or outdoor, tanning can be extremely dangerous. Some people believe that having a “base” suntan prevents the skin from burning. This actually can lead to deadly results. Tanning can lead to melanoma, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

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    Myth #5 - Sunscreen Reduces Vitamin D

    There are a bunch of common misconceptions about sunscreen. One of those is that regular sunscreen use prevents vitamin D absorption. This is not true. There are many ways to obtain vitamin D, such as through foods, vitamin supplements, or small amounts of sun exposure (about 15 minutes is all you need).

    Sunscreen also does NOT protect you from tanning beds. With or without sunscreen, tanning beds expose you to intense UV rays that increase the risk of melanoma as well as other skin cancers.

    Be sure to apply a thick layer of sunscreen and reapply every 90 minutes and after going in the water or sweating.

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