Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

Risk factors for Skin cancer

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

May 6, 2020


The primary reason for non-melanoma and melanoma cancer is getting exposed to UV rays. It also includes tanning beds and sunlight. People who spend a lot of time outside in the skin without using sunscreen are at greater risk. Make sure to visit the doctor for a regular skin examination. Read the guide to learn the risk factors for skin cancer.

Given below are some of the common risk factor for skin cancer as shared by our cancer doctor:

  • Age

Skin cancer risk increases with age, as it is due to getting exposed to UV radiation. The problem is also found in younger people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Frequent sunburns which occurred in childhood will be increased with melanoma.

  • Gender

Men are at twice the risk of getting the basal cell carcinomas and women are 4 times the risk of getting squamous cell carcinomas.

  • Immune suppression

Conditions that affect the immune system like immunosuppression or virus and linked with organ transplantation can increase the risk of this cancer type.

  • Moles

Moles are harmless and do not develop cancer. But, a large number of moles can increase the risk. The presence of dysplastic nevi can also increase the risk by 10%. However, most of them do not develop into harmless cancer types. But, it is essential to seek medical help from our cancer hospital to get the diagnosis at the right time.

  • Skin tone

This cancer type is more likely to develop on Caucasians as compared to non-whites. The risk is also higher in red hair or blondes, green or blue eyes or skin with freckles or that burn easily.

  • Inherited condition

The inherited disease like xeroderma pigmentosum affects the skin’s ability to repair the skin with UV damage. Persons with this condition are at increased risk of getting this cancer and it might occur at an early age.

  • Family history

If someone in your family had this cancer in the past then you are also at increased risk of getting it. Individuals who had this cancer type in the past can also develop this cancer in the future.

Make sure you help from the right medical expert and get the treatment plan which suits your condition the best.

  • Smoking

Smoking can increase the risk of this cancer type and it mostly occurs on the lips.

  • Excess chemical exposure

There are certain chemicals like coal, industrial tar, paraffin, certain oil, and arsenic can increase the risk.

  • Viruses

Certain viruses like HPV infection of genital or anal area increase this cancer type risk. Moreover, such patients have weaker immune systems which makes it difficult for them to fight the problem. When you get the treatment started at the right time, it will control cancer.

If you are in doubt, what needs to be done then visit our doctor to get a better understanding of the entire situation.