Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

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.

Skin cancer signs and symptomsRisk 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.

risk factors for skin cancerProtect 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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