Is it true that sun burns on the bald scalp causes skin cancer? Can hair transplants solve this problem?
Sun is a known carcinogen, which means in simple English that heavy doses of sun exposure can cause cancer in susceptible people. Susceptibility varies with skin color and the type of skin you have, but if you have a full head of hair, skin cancers are far less common than on someone with a bald head. I remember that my bald spot would burn during the summers when I went on vacation. After having my hair transplanted into the crown, I do not remember getting a sun burn. I have had many dermatologists send me patients who have had many skin cancers on the balding scalp. The patients echo my own experience and I am often told that the hair transplant helps to reduce the sun burn. I suspect that anything that reduces sun burn will help deal with the cancer problem, but hair transplants alone may not be adequate cover, especially if the supply / donor ratio is low.