Sun Exposure and Melanoma, Sun-Seeking, and Sun Protection: Fact and Fiction

Source: DermatologyTimes, March 2022

An expert debunks the myths surrounding sun-related factors associated with melanoma in a presentation at the 2022 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting.

Does pheomelanin make a person more prone to skin cancer? Is sun addiction real? David E Fisher, MD, PhD, chief, dermatology service director of the melanoma program at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and director of the cutaneous biology research center at MGH in Boston, Massachusetts set the record straight on the evidence-based connection between sun exposure, sun-seeking, and photoprotection during a panel discussion at the 2022 American Academy Dermatology Association Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.1

Myth: Melanoma only occurs on sun-exposed skin.