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Risk factors for Skin Cancer

What are the risk factors for melanoma?

Skin cancer is more common in fair-skinned people - especially those with blond or red hair, who have light-colored eyes. Skin cancer is rare in children. However, no one is safe from skin cancer. Other risk factors include:

  • Family history of melanoma
  • Personal history of melanoma
  • Sun exposure - The amount of time spent unprotected in the sun directly affects your risk of skin cancer.
  • Early childhood sunburns - Research has shown that sunburns early in life increase a person's risk for skin cancer later in life.
  • Fair complexion
  • Light colored hair
  • Many freckles
  • Large ordinary moles
  • Dysplastic nevi
  • An immunosuppressive disorder
  • Exposure to certain chemicals, like arsenic
  • Radiation exposure
  • Smoking
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

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