Skin cancer myths debunked…

NZ has high levels of skin cancer because of the ozone levels

Hutts World

Each year more than 70,000 people in New Zealand are treated for skin cancer. Several facts about skin cancer are probably familiar: it’s very common, it’s often linked with sun exposure, the most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and the most deadly type is melanoma. Other facts are less well known, however, and may even seem counter intuitive. Prepare your skin for summer by understanding the truth about several common skin cancer myths.

Skin cancer affects only the elderly.

Your risk of skin cancer increases as we age. However, children and young adults can also be affected, and rates in young people appear to be on the rise. The importance of skin cancer prevention and early skin cancer detection is not dependent on one ones age.

Skin cancer appears only on sun-exposed parts of the body.

Although cancers such as basal cell carcinoma most commonly…

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