14 doctors weighed in:
If i’m bald do I need to wear a hat to prevent skin cancer?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: It wouldn't hurt
There is a definite link between uv exposure and skin cancer.
Baldness makes that skin area clearly exposed to the sun when outdoors, placing one at increased risk fo direct uv exposure, even after short periods of time outside. Hats provide an additional physical barrier and while this isn't foolproof, it may help decrease the risk of getting cancer for some. Using sunscreen is also advised.

In brief: It wouldn't hurt
There is a definite link between uv exposure and skin cancer.
Baldness makes that skin area clearly exposed to the sun when outdoors, placing one at increased risk fo direct uv exposure, even after short periods of time outside. Hats provide an additional physical barrier and while this isn't foolproof, it may help decrease the risk of getting cancer for some. Using sunscreen is also advised.
Dr. Della Howell
Dr. Della Howell
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Dr. David Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It would be a good idea to wear a hat and use sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

In brief: Yes
It would be a good idea to wear a hat and use sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Dr. David Masiello
Dr. David Masiello
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It might help.
If you lower exposure to the sun, and use sunscreen, your risk for cervical cancer is reduced.
So wearing a hat or cap would be a good move.

In brief: It might help.
If you lower exposure to the sun, and use sunscreen, your risk for cervical cancer is reduced.
So wearing a hat or cap would be a good move.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Great idea
Excessive sun exposure and especially burns will increase the risk of skin cancer to nearly any part of your body.
Hair is protective and a bald scalp is at higher risk.

In brief: Great idea
Excessive sun exposure and especially burns will increase the risk of skin cancer to nearly any part of your body.
Hair is protective and a bald scalp is at higher risk.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Absolutely
You are more in need of a hat than your hair-headed brethren.
Hair does provide some protection from the sun (not enough to avoid the use of hats), so if you lack a few hair follicles on top, make sure you have a good selection of wide brimmed hats for the upcoming summer months!

In brief: Absolutely
You are more in need of a hat than your hair-headed brethren.
Hair does provide some protection from the sun (not enough to avoid the use of hats), so if you lack a few hair follicles on top, make sure you have a good selection of wide brimmed hats for the upcoming summer months!
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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