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Someone told me I'm at higher risk for skin cancer because I've self-harmed. Is that true?

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Last Updated: 06/04/2018 at 12:11pm
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May 30th, 2016 3:16am
Talk to a dermatologist. Instead of listening to people on the internet or ignorant people irl, do research with someone who knows the area.
January 27th, 2015 6:57pm
No not at all! The only thing you may be at risk of is infection if you don't keep the cuts clean but cancer is completely unrelated, don't worry!
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April 11th, 2015 6:09am
I know that scar tissues can be be more fragile, so it depends on the amount of scar tissue you have exposed to the sun. As always, it's probably a good idea to wear sunscreen. I would also recommend talking to your doctor about additional measures, or stronger sunscreen, if you have a lot of scar tissue exposed frequently or in very bright situations.
May 23rd, 2017 3:54pm
I don't believe they are related at all. I wouldn't be concerned about it, it sounds like the person is either trying to scare you, or heard it from someone else and didn't bother to fact check.
January 26th, 2015 12:05pm
Talking to a doctor would be the best person to bring this up with ! A 2nd opinion from a expert is really important and can not hurt ! Self harm can cause lots of health concerns that need support and it's best to get it as soon as possible !
April 8th, 2015 10:08pm
As far as I know, there has been no link between self harm and cancer of anykind.
May 28th, 2015 12:14pm
No, I think it is totally false : I think that it doesn't change anything... But maybe the scars or the wound could be infected because of the dirt...
May 30th, 2015 11:35pm
In my experience I have never been told this, I believe self harming can cause damage to your skin tissue leaving scars, it does not generally solve the emotional problem behind the infliction, however for this question it would be best to ask a professional.
June 17th, 2015 9:20pm
Only if your devices of self harm are not sterilized or clean. If you're careful enough with those, you can avoid skin disease. But I suggest you stop the habit as you might regret them later on in life. I know I do.
June 21st, 2016 4:37am
This is not true and you shouldn't worry but to combat self-harm or the want to self-harm you can use a breathing method, ice, elastics or draw on yourself.
July 12th, 2016 1:51am
Unless you've been cutting yourself in a tanning-bed, it is highly unlikely that you develop skin cancer from self-harm, near impossible. Skin cancer stems from ultra violet rays and radiation and sun burns and all that good stuff. Of course, if your form of self-harm consists of standing outside, naked, in a paved driveway in the middle of the summer in, lets say, Chernobyl, then maybe you should talk to a doctor. If not, you have a higher chance of getting tetanus from a rusty razor blade than skin cancer.
July 18th, 2016 2:19pm
No, no link is possible. Indeed scar after skin is more sensitive , generally . However, for now , the scars are not part of the risk factors for melanoma of the skin. So no links between mutilation and cancer are established. be relieved :)
December 12th, 2016 8:16pm
I don't think so... You are in higher risk of cancer if your skin recives a lot of sun rays without sunscreen, and that makes sense bc sun makes your skin mutate. But wounds don't make your skin mutate.
March 12th, 2018 6:20pm
No this is not true. Skin cancer comes from a genetic mutation and has nothing to do with self-harm. Don't worry, just wear sunblock :)
June 4th, 2018 12:11pm
That is not true at all. Self-harm and skin cancer is not scientifically proved to be linked. You could go to your doctor and ask him/her even. They would walk you through why its not linked. Even the internet could do that, although I do not recommend it, because it also has "reasons" why they are linked.