However, you'd also be wrong.
Those attitudes may help explain why skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. So might these other common misconceptions about tanning:
37 percent mistakenly believe that indoor tanning beds are safer than outdoor sun exposure
40 percent aren't aware that burns and tans during childhood are linked to skin cancer in adults
52 percent think a base tan protects the skin from further sun exposure, even though it doesn't
65 percent don't realize that all UV rays are harmful for skin
For more on the survey, check out this fact sheet on tanning. The Academy also has this useful resource to help people distinguish normal moles from early signs of skin cancer. Tips for conducting a skin cancer self-exam are available here: www.pwrnewmedia.com/2010/aad00429/downloads/Body_Mole_Map.pdf