Skin Cancer Risk Factors

Skin cancer is a multifactorial disease; several factors may contribute to its development. The most common factors that are linked to the onset of skin cancer include:

  • Age – risk of skin cancer increases with age
  • exposure to ultraviolet light
  • family history of skin cancer
  • personal history of skin cancer
  • excessive sun exposure
  • previous radiotherapy
  • exposure to chemicals that irritate or attack your skin cells
  • history of sunburn
  • having many benign moles (dysplastic nevi)
  • chronic precancerous skin lesions such as rough and scaly patches
  • weakened immune system
  • certain professions such as welder and boilermakers
  • outdoor workers: farmers, construction workers, etc..
  • prolonged exposure to environmental chemicals such as herbicides
  • some genetic diseases of the skin: albinism, xeroderma pigmentosa, etc..
  • Living at high altitudes or near the South Pole – the highest incidence of melanoma is found in Australia and New Zealand.

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