What Makes Skin Cancer More Likely?
Although anyone can get skin cancer, it is typically more common among people with light or fair skin color.
Other Risk Factors Include:
- Exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet radiation from tanning booths
- Frequent, blistering sunburns, especially early in life
- A personal history of skin cancer
- Having more than 50 moles
- Possible genetic factors (mutations in certain genes, family history, etc.)
- Others may include radiation therapy, certain conditions that suppress the immune system or exposure to high levels of arsenic
Finding Skin Cancer – The Earlier, The Better
Remember the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer:
- Tell your doctor if you notice changes or anything unusual on your skin
- Do monthly skin checks – check all the surfaces of your skin, including in between your toes, under your nails and on your back and buttocks
- Get to know your moles so that you can tell if they begin to change in shape, size or color.
- Asymmetry— The shape of one half does not match the other.
- Border— The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred, or irregular in outline; the pigment may spread into the surrounding skin.
- Color— The color is uneven. Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, grey, red, pink, or blue also may be seen.
- Diameter— There is a change in size, usually an increase.
- Evolving— Changes in size, shape, color, elevation, or other change, or any symptoms such bleeding, itching or crusting.