If I Don't Burn, I won't Get Skin Cancer

OncoLink
Last Modified: August 13, 2012

Question

If you don't get burned, then you can't get skin cancer: Fact or Myth?

Answer

Rachel Woods, RN, Nurse for the Surgical Dermatology Program at Penn Medicine responds:

MYTH!! Any person can get skin cancer. Fair skin, red hair, and blue eyes are the highest risk people, but even dark skin is susceptible.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Sun Safety Webchat transcript.

Related News

Labels of certain products will state that they help reduce skin cancer risk, prevent sunburn

Jun 16, 2011

Labels of certain products will state that they help reduce skin cancer risk, prevent sunburn


But supplements may lower risk of melanoma for women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer

Jun 30, 2011

But supplements may lower risk of melanoma for women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer


Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Ups Subsequent Primary Cancer Risk

Mar 11, 2014

Record-linkage study shows increased risks for 26 cancer types, especially for younger people