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July 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Did you know that the Month of July is UV Safety Month? We can all use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent it – both at home and in the larger community. But, first we must disprove some myths!! Read the myths and then respond to a discussion question.

<b>Myth: <i>Dark skin doesn’t burn, so you don’t need sunscreen</i></b>
<b>Reality:</b> “All complexions can burn,” says Karyn Grossman, M.D., a dermatologist in Santa Monica and New York City. “A dark-skinned African-American doesn’t need as high an SPF sunblock as someone with red hair, since she has more melanin in her skin for natural protection.” Still, that extra melanin doesn’t guard against the UV damage that accelerates aging or causes cancer (Find out the other causes of skin cancer). If you have dark skin, you need a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Below are some other common myths- have you ever held these myths to be true???

Myth: Sun screen is just for the beach

Myth: African Americans can not get skin cancer

Myth: Dark skin protects against skin cancer

Myth: Only people who spend too much time in the sun get skin cancer

Discussion questions:

1) After reading this topic; what would you say to a friend or family member that refuses to wear sunscreen because they believe they can not get skin cancer?

2) Have you ever believed any of the above myths? If so, which?