8 doctors weighed in:

Is it possible to get skin cancer even if you always wore long sleeves outside?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi
Cosmetic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Clothes provide a false sense of safety.
Actually, the sun's rays still penetrate clothing. Nothing prevents skin cancer other than avoiding the sun altogether. There are special fabrics and clothing that are 30+ spf and higher made to add protection if you are active. I would suggest this option if you are outdoors for long periods of time in the sun.

In brief: Yes

Clothes provide a false sense of safety.
Actually, the sun's rays still penetrate clothing. Nothing prevents skin cancer other than avoiding the sun altogether. There are special fabrics and clothing that are 30+ spf and higher made to add protection if you are active. I would suggest this option if you are outdoors for long periods of time in the sun.
Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi
Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi
Thank
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Long sleeves cover arms and would provide protection to those areas, however, long sleeves would not protect from skin cancer developing on the face, scalp and other areas.

In brief: Yes

Long sleeves cover arms and would provide protection to those areas, however, long sleeves would not protect from skin cancer developing on the face, scalp and other areas.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Thank
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes bit less likely

Skin cancers are due to cumulative sun damage.
..Accrued over a lifetime.

In brief: Yes bit less likely

Skin cancers are due to cumulative sun damage.
..Accrued over a lifetime.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
29 years in practice
938K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors