Facts and Myths About Skin Cancer
It is safe to shave or partially remove a mole yourself - Myth
Putting sunscreen on a mole will stop it becoming a melanoma - Myth
Using sunscreen with a minimum SPF value of 50+ will protect me from getting skin cancer - Myth
Melanoma can occur on any part of the body - Fact
You can’t tan if you use sunscreen - Myth
Melanomas are caused by the expression of a combination of genes - Fact
There are other triggers of melanoma, including arsenic exposure, radiation, and drugs taken to suppress the immune system that are commonly used in the treatment of cancer (chemotherapy) and in some autoimmune conditions. If these drugs have been used then regular skin examinations are required.