9 Skin Cancer Risk Factors

9-skin-cancer-risk-factorsSummer is coming and we are all looking forward to some fun in the sun! But overexposure can cause skin problems from the ultraviolet (UV) light exposure which is the most common cause of skin cancer.  Although this is the most frequent cause there are other risk factors.

Other risk factors for skin cancer include:

  • Age. The longer a person’s skin is exposed to the sun over time, the higher the risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Appearance. People who have red or blond hair, fair skin, freckles, and blue or light-colored eyes are more at risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs less often in Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans. However, darker-skinned people and those who tan easily can still develop skin cancer as well as suffer other long-term effects of exposure to ultraviolet light, like dry skin and premature aging.
  • Climate. People who live in sunny climates are at an increased risk for skin cancer.
  • Geography. People who live in southern states or in the Sun Belt are at higher risk.
  • Family history. A family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma, increases the risk.
  • Personal history. A person who develops skin cancer is at risk of developing the same cancer again in the same place or developing a new skin cancer somewhere else.
  • Previous injuries. Someone who has traumatized skin, such as a major scar or burn, could be at higher risk of developing skin cancer in that region.
  • Medication.  Some medications used to suppress the immune system prescribed for autoimmune disease.

    Dr. Savitha Balaraman, oncologist

    Dr. Savitha Balaraman, Botsford Hospital board certified medical oncologist

  • Tanning beds!

Join us for a Walk with a Doc and learn more about skin cancer risks, prevention

and the latest treatment with Dr. Savitha Balaraman Thursday, May 17, 2012 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Heritage Park Nature Center.  Call for more information and to register: (248) 473-1800

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