Risk factors are any element, whether external or inherent, that may increase your chances of developing a type of cancer. Skin cancer is most influenced by the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. However, anyone can develop skin cancer.
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
Some risk factors for skin cancer cannot be avoided, such as complexion, genetics, or family history. Other risk factors can be minimized by taking proper precautions.
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer Include:
Having a fair complexion – skin that burns or freckles easily
Family history of skin cancer
Previous personal history of skin cancer
Past radiation treatments
Weakened immune system
History of frequent sunburns
Certain types of moles
Previous history of sunburns
Exposure to natural sunlight for prolonged periods of time
Exposure to artificial sunlight, such as from tanning beds, for prolonged periods of time
While people with fair complexion are at greater risk of sunburns which can damage skin cells, all skin types can be damaged by UV rays. Taking care of your skin will help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
Tips for Reducing Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
The sun’s UV rays can start causing damage to your skin in as little as 15 minutes. A single exposure to UV radiation won’t cause skin cancer on its own, but repeated exposure causes damage over time. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk factors for skin cancer.
Protect your skin with these tips:
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight
Using sunscreen that features both UVA and UVB protection
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long amounts of time
Avoid using tanning beds, tanning booths, and sun lamps
Stay in the shade when possible
Wear a hat with a brim that protects the neck, face, and ears
Wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays
By taking steps to minimize your exposure to UV rays on a regular basis, you can reduce risk factors for skin cancer.
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