Myths and Facts About Sun Spots

Sorting through all of the myths and facts about to sun spots and other cosmetic blemishes can be dizzying. Most myths involve the relationship of sun spots and skin cancer and whether sun spots are a sign of skin cancer.

Myth #1: Sun Spots Are a Sign of Skin Cancer

This is actually false. Most sun spots are not cancerous, although in rare cases they may be. It is always a good idea to get sun spots checked to be sure they are not cancerous.

Myth #2: People with Sun Spots are at a Higher Risk of Skin Cancer

This is true. Both skin cancer and sun spots are caused by exposure to the sun. Individuals who have sun spots have them because of too much sun exposure. Too much sun exposure may also lead to skin cancer, so individuals with sun spots are encouraged to get screened for skin cancer. Also, sun spots are darker areas on the skin, and darker areas absorb more of the sun's rays than lighter skin, so this may also pose a greater risk for skin cancer as well.

Have Any Skin Abnormality Checked

New skin growths, changes in existing skin growths and sores that do not heal are considered possible signs of skin cancer. Individuals who notice any of these symptoms, including sun spots, are encouraged to check with a dermatologist to see if it may be cancerous. A biopsy may be taken to determine if the lesion or abnormal growth is cancerous. Some physicians remove sun spots just in case. Many skincare professionals are qualified to treat sun spots, although only a trained dermatologist or physician should diagnose sun spots to be sure that they are not cancerous.