Dr Jeremy Banky, Specialist Dermatologist, Melbourne

Risk factors for Skin Cancer

Risk factors for skin cancer
People at higher risk for skin cancer include:
  • A past or family history of skin cancer
  • A large number of moles on your skin
  • ‘Atypical moles’ on your skin
  • A skin type which burns more easily (skin phototype 1 or 2) when exposed to ultraviolet light
  • Use of solariums, or other tanning machines, or sunbathing in natural sunlight
  • A past history of sunburns
  • Outdoor workers, or if spending large amounts outdoor without sun protection
  • Living in sunny or high-altitude climates
  • Having precancerous skin lesions such as solar keratoses
  • Having a weakened immune system – especially people on immunosuppressive medications
  • Older age – the risk of skin cancer increases with age, however younger people are still prone to developing skin cancers
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