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Skin Cancer Risk Factors
Are you at risk?

Anyone can develop skin cancer. Yet, the likelihood of developing skin cancer increases
with age and when you have one or more of the risk factors that are listed below.

History of exposure to UV rays from the sun, tanning beds, or sun lamps - either periodically or year round. This is even if the exposure was many years ago.  

 

Had several sunburns or experienced severe sunburns.  

Prolonged exposure to midday sun.
Has (or had) a job that requires time outside, even if intermittent
( postal carriers, construction, delivery persons, landscaping, etc ).

Fair skin, especially when paired with blond or red hair and blue, green, or gray eyes (Skin types I and II).

Fragile skin. Skin that has been burned, injured or weakened by treatments for other skin conditions is more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer. Certain psoriasis treatments and eczema creams might increase your risk of skin cancer.

Sun sensitivity or the tendency to burn or freckle instead of tan.

Family History. Close blood relative has or had melanoma. Also, if several or more distant relatives have a history of melanoma or other skin cancers.  

One or more atypical moles.

50 or more moles.  

Overexposure or long-term exposure to x-rays.

Treatment with immunosuppressive medication, such as those used to prevent organ rejection or treat severe arthritis. 

Weakened immune system caused by a disease, such as HIV
or lymphoma.

Personal history of skin cancer.  

Precancerous skin lesions. Lesions known as actinic keratoses typically appear as rough, scaly patches that range in color from brown to dark pink. They're mostly found on the face, lower arms and hands of fair-skinned people who have experienced sun damage.

If you have any of the above risk factors, it is important that you:

Practice sun protection

Perform regular skin cancer
self-examinations

See a doctor for regular skin cancer
examinations
   

 

 

This website exists to spread awareness of skin cancer risks, detection and early prevention. It contains the opinions of one doctor and is not a substitute for the advice or care of your physician.
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