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Who is at risk for skin cancer?

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Your chances of getting skin cancer can be higher if you have:

  • Fair skin 
  • Light (blond or red) hair and blue or green eyes 
  • Certain genetic disorders that affect skin pigment, such as albinism  
  • Been treated for skin cancer 
  • Lots of moles, unusual moles, or large moles that were there at birth
  • Close family members who have had skin cancer 
  • Had at least one severe sunburn early in life 
  • Burns not related to sunburn 
  • An indoor job but spend a lot of leisure time outside

From: The Sun and Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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