YOUR SKIN CAN­CER QUES­TIONS: AN­SWERED!

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BODY AND SOUL -

I DON’T WEAR SUN­SCREEN BUT I’M RARELY OUT IN THE SUN FOR A LONG TIME. CAN I STILL GET SKIN CAN­CER?

There are three main causes for skin can­cer: Skin colour, how much time you spend out­doors, and your use of tanning beds. Avoid­ing one but do­ing an­other will not help you avoid the threat of skin can­cer. And even though you’re not out in the sun, UV rays can still pen­e­trate through the win­dows in your home or of­fice.

I’VE HEARD THAT THE CHEM­I­CALS WE PUT ON OUR SKIN ARE MORE LIKELY TO GIVE US SKIN CAN­CER THAN TANNING BEDS. IS THIS TRUE?

This isn’t true, but ac­cord­ing to Dr. Saun­thari, ex­po­sure to cer­tain chem­i­cals such as coal tar, as­phalt, paraf­fin wax, and ar­senic can ac­tu­ally in­crease your chances of get­ting non­melanoma skin can­cer.

WILL SKIN CAN­CER ONLY AF­FECT AR­EAS OF MY SKIN THAT ARE EX­POSED TO THE SUN, OR CAN IT BE ON PLACES THAT ARE NOR­MALLY COV­ERED?

Skin can­cer will only nor­mally af­fect ex­posed ar­eas. For peo­ple with nu­mer­ous moles on their body, there is an in­creased risk of melanoma.

IS SKIN CAN­CER HERED­I­TARY?

Skin can­cers are not hered­i­tary. How­ever, sci­en­tists have found cer­tain fam­i­lies who have higher cases of skin can­cers as com­pared to other fam­i­lies. If you have a par­ent who has had squa­mous cell skin can­cer, you are two to three times more likely of hav­ing it your­self. As skin types run in fam­i­lies, fair peo­ple have a higher chance of get­ting skin can­cer whereas darker-skinned in­di­vid­u­als have a lower chance. You will not in­herit skin can­cer; you only in­herit the genes that would in­crease the risk of get­ting it.

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