TODAY | May 25, 2013
>> deal with the first issue there. if you are not fair skinned, there's an assumption you are less at risk for skin cancer . true or false?
>> that's false. we do see skin cancer quite commonly in people with dark skin color as well. that's a common myth. another myth is that skin cancer is a disease of older people. that's not entirely true. in fact, skin cancer and melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults between the age of 25 and 29.
>> the groups out likely to be tanning.
>> that's right.
>> let me ask you about where you check. i had a skin cancer screening, they look in places i didn't think the sun reached sometimes. it can be anywhere not just on your face which means people may not apply block everywhere they should be.
>> we see melanoma more commonly in sun exposed areas but we see it commonly in nonsun exposed areas.
>> in terms of application of sunscreen then, what place should you put it on?
>> you should put sunblock everywhere including your lips, your ears and scalp for men with sparse hair and other nonexposed areas as well.
>> i put it on in the morning and think i'm good to go for the rest of the day. is that true or false?
>> that's a myth. sunscreen only lasts for two hours. you're supposed to wear sunblock every two hours and when you come out of the water you need to reapply it.
>> and next question is you mentioned early detection is the key. how often should you get a skin cancer screening?
>> skin cancer screening should be done at least once a year and that's because melanoma, which is a deadly skin cancer , can be cured. it has cure rates of 98% if detected early. also people really should check themselves in the mirror and if you see a changing mole, see your dermatologist earlier and not wait the full year.