Dangerous Myths About Moles and Suntan You Need to Stop Believing

A mole, or a nevus, is a concentrated group of melanocytes gathered together in one spot on your skin, appearing as a spot or a raised growth.

While a suntan, is the skin’s reaction to over exposure to sun and release of melanin to efface skin cancer.

But sometimes, as it turns out alarming for the people who are believing myths about mole and suntan. Like if moles will change its appearance and colors it can be benign, others don’t want to remove even its necessary (example if it is disturbing you in your daily routine).

Even it’s raining or cloudy you’re skin will get tan anyhow, but other people don’t have an idea about this.

To debunk myths about moles and suntan for the sake of health and beauty here are listed below:

Myth # 1. Melanoma most commonly appears on the face and hands.

According to statistics, the most commonly affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women. Doctors advise paying attention to the areas where moles come in contact with clothes or shoes due to a higher risk of injury.

An annual skin cancer screening is necessary to identify cancer in its early stages. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads is almost 100 percent.

Myth # 2. A particular danger is posed by big, dark, and raised moles.

Dark spots that look like little moles on an eyeball are a cause for concern and require an ophthalmologist examination. In most cases, they’re harmless, but some of them can be a sign of a malignant eye damage.

Sometimes what people may perceive as an annoying sore that won’t go away – or a mole that has changed in size or color – is really something more serious and possibly an early form of skin cancer. Since only a physician can determine whether an area of the skin is cancerous, a visit to a dermatologic surgeon should be scheduled if any abnormal moles are discovered.

Myth # 3. Only cancerous moles should be removed.

It can possibly and easy to remove moles, just make sure you will undergo in a medical procedure that is legal. If the mole is disturbing in your daily routine, you may remove it anyway.

Keep in mind, after the procedures make sure to send this into a histological study. Thus, the chance of missing a growth that could turn into melanoma and could metastasize is eliminated.

Myth # 4. Getting a mole removed with a scalpel is an outdated practice.

Today the most effective instrument used for removing a mole is a scalpel. Due to an indent on the skin and into its depth, a scalpel removes a mole completely blocking the spread of possibly cancerous cells and metastasis. The sample of the removed mole is sent to the histological examination to see if it contains cancerous cells. If it does, then treatment begins.

When it comes to the face, ears, genitals, or fingers, doctors recommend a radiofrequency surgery. A special instrument is used to remove a mole and address further lesion. A part of the removed mole is sent to the histological examination, as well.

Don’t remove moles in medical institutions that use a laser, liquid nitrogen, or other techniques that do not imply the examination and analysis of the biomaterial. A growth could metastasize and cause a person’s death within 6-8 months. A doctor’s incompetence can put your health at risk.

Myth # 5. Dark-skinned people don’t need sunscreen.

Though naturally dark people have a much lower risk of skin cancer than fair-toned people, this does not make them immune to skin cancer. Darker skinned men and women should still take action to protect their skin and eyes from overexposure to the sun as they can still develop malignancies and suffer all forms of UV damage.

In addition, cases of skin cancer in people with darker skin are often not detected until later stages, when it is more dangerous.

Myth # 6. You can’t get tan during a cloudy or rainy day.

It is a common myth that you can’t get sunburned on a cloudy day; this is simply not the case. Even under cloud cover, it is possible for the sun to harm your skin and eyes and cause long-term damage.

It is important that you protect yourself with sunscreen, even in cloudy weather.

For example, if UV index is one or 2, use sunscreen with a protective factor of 30 (SPF 30). If the index varies from 3 to 7, put on a headwear, sunglasses, and wear loose clothes that cover your hands and legs. If the index is more than 7, stay in the shadow, apply sunscreen to your whole body, and avoid going outside from 11 AM to 5 PM. These rules apply to all people regardless of their skin color.

Myth # 7. Some people have a lot of freckles from birth. You don’t need to worry about it.

Dysplastic nevus syndrome (also known as "atypical mole syndrome (AMS)", "familial atypical multiple mole–melanoma (FAMMM) syndrome", "familial melanoma syndrome", and "B-K mole syndrome") is a cutaneous condition described in certain families, and characterized by unusual nevi and multiple inherited melanomas. If anyone with such condition, you may use dermascope to check your skin.

Moles do grow as kids do, so a growing mole isn’t as concerning in a child as it is in an adult. However, melanoma can occur at any age, so it’s important for any suspicious lesion to be evaluated by a dermatologist who knows how to detect the warning signs.

Most birthmarks pose no risk to your health. But to avoid the risk of mutation, it’s better to get examined by health professionals and use sunscreen.

Myth # 8. If you injured a mole, it should be removed.

If a mole is excised completely (cut out with stitches), then it should not come back. If the top of a mole was shaved off then it is less likely to regrow but may (but could be re-shaved if desired). In fact, if you do have a mole that is growing or changing after being completely or partially removed, schedule a dermatology appointment as soon as possible because this can be a sign of skin cancer.

Myth # 9: Picking at a mole will make it larger or make it cancerous.

It’s never advisable to pick at a mole or try to remove it yourself, because this can cause a serious infection. However, it’s not true that this will cause the mole to get bigger or develop into a melanoma.

How to identify if growing mole is cancerous.

It’s true that a growing mole can be a sign of skin cancer, but it’s important to know that this isn’t the only sign. We recommend that patients look for the ABCDEs that can signal melanoma in a mole:

A = asymmetry (a mole that isn’t consistent in color, size, and shape from top to bottom or left to right)
B = borders (a mole that is irregularly shaped, not circular nor oval)
C = color (a mole that is a different color than your other moles or has multiple colors within it)
D = diameter (a mole that is larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser and/or changes in size)
E = evolving (a mole that goes through any changes in color, size, or shape over time)
Source: BrightSide
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