The Dangerous Myths About Moles and Suntans, Busted!
Moles and suntans have always seemed to trigger alarms in many people. Some people do not even pay any attention to them. But, there are various misconceptions about moles and suntans that are much needed to be debunked right away.
Myth 1: You will get cancer if you rip off a mole
Reality: There is no evidence that shows that an injury to a mole can lead to melanoma. There have been cases where an injured mole led to cancer and that is because these moles were already cancerous and had initially formed as melanoma. Injury to the already sick tissues acted as a catalyst in the development of melanoma.
You might also notice blood around a mole. Many people take it to be an injury. It is not an injury. It is rather caused by pathological processes inside the mole. But, is definitely serious and should not be ignored. Many people ignore such things and it is not a choice to compromise with your healthcare.
Myth 2: An injured mole should be removed
Reality: It is important to consult an oncologist or dermatologist as soon as a mole gets injured. It is important to first get the mole cleaned in order to prevent contamination. After that a remedy is required to stimulate tissue regeneration.
If you injure a mole, it does not mean that it has to be removed. But, it is just that inner pathological processes make the mole more vulnerable to further injuries. It is very important to go through a doctor’s examination in order to prevent the risk of the development of melanoma.
Myth 3: You do not need to worry about freckles that are there from birth
Reality: Multiple moles and freckles in the body are associated with a dysplastic nevus syndrome. There is a major possibility that each of these freckles and moles can turn into malicious melanoma. It is also a fact that freckles are much more vulnerable to UV light. This is because of the absence of melanin producing cells in pigments. They are there, but the quantity is extremely less. This is the reason why pigments look paler than moles. So, it is more of a reason as to why people with a lot of freckles on the face should use sunscreen with a PF value of 35 or more.
Myth 4: Only big, dark and raised moles pose a threat
Reality: The harsh reality is that a malignant tumor actually looks like a simple mole in the initial stage. If there are more than 50 moles on your body, it is very important to get all of them checked by a dermatologist and an oncologist.
Some people also have little spots that look like moles on an eyeball. It is simply ignored by many but rather, they can pose a threat. So, an ophthalmologist examination is much required. Although they are harmless in most cases, it is still very important to get it checked as it can also be the sign of a malignant eye damage.
Myth 5: The face and hands are the most common spots for melanoma to appear
Reality: Although it is very common to notice spots and moles on the face, statistics show that the most common effected areas in men are the back and the legs in women.
The risk of a potential development of melanoma increases with each sunburn. The ones you got during your childhood days are at a higher risk. There is also a genetic factor that is involved with this. If a family member has been diagnosed with melanoma, it is most likely for you to have it too.
Myth 6: There should be a removal of only cancerous moles
Reality: This is not at all true. The reality is that if you think that a mole is in an area that is making you feel uncomfortable or reducing your beautification, it is very safe to get it removed. But, it is highly recommended to get it done by a professional and not just by anyone. If you are afraid that you might accidentally injure the mole, in such cases you can get a mole removed as well. There is no hard-and-fast rule that only the cancerous moles should be removed.
Myth 7: Dark-skinned people do not require sunscreen
Reality: Although dark skin is nature’s way of protecting you from most of the ultraviolet radiations of the sun, dark-skinned people need sunscreen too. We are far away from having skin like elephants, who are unaffected by the harsh rays of the sun because of a thick skin and special genes.
Everyone needs sunscreen and avoid overexposure to the sun’s harsh rays.
Myth 8: A cloudy or rainy day means a tan-less day
Reality: Clouds are not barriers that can prevent ultraviolet radiations from reaching the ground. UV rays can easily pass through clouds as well. This is the reason why you can even get tanned during a rainy day.
Our smartphones today also have a weather app that shows the current UV Index. Preparing your skin as per the UV Index is a smart way of protecting it against UV radiation. Like, if the UV Index is shown as 1 or 2 by the app, using a sunscreen with an SPF value of 30 is needed. The more the UV Index, the more careful you need to be. For example, a 3 or7 UV Index would require you to put on sunglasses and headwear along with loose clothes that cover your hands and legs. The most important thing is, these rules are very important to be followed by each and every individual, despite their skin color.