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With UVA dermatologist Mark Russell, MD
Myth #1: Skin cancer only affects people with light or fair skin.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Although more common in those with a fair complexion, it does not discriminate against skin color, race, age or any other demographics.
Myth #2: You can’t get skin cancer where the sun doesn’t shine.
Although skin cancer usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of the skin, it can appear anywhere on the body including the scalp, palms,…
Ryan Gentzler, MD, specializes in thoracic oncology at UVA and is part of the multidisciplinary lung cancer team at UVA Cancer Center. In this post, Gentzler debunks common myths about lung cancer in support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Lung Cancer: Get The Facts
1) All patients who get lung cancer are smokers.
False! Although the majority of lung cancers are caused by smoking tobacco, at least 20 percent of patients with lung cancer have never smoked, which accounts for approximately 20,000 to 30,000 lung cancer cases a year. In fact, there are more deaths from non-smoking related lung…
Which cancer do you think kills the most women? Chances are, you guessed breast cancer. Incorrect! Believe it or not, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. In a recent study by the American Lung Association to measure awareness of lung cancer risk, only 1 percent of women surveyed selected lung, compared to 87 percent who selected breast.
Lung cancer surpasses pancreatic, ovarian and other types of aggressive cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in both women and men. Although smoking is a major risk factor of the disease, approximately 20 percent of patients diagnosed…