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Who is likely to get skin cancer?

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Skin cancer risk is greatest for people who have:

  • Fair skin, especially types that freckle, sunburn easily, or become painful in the sun
  • Light (blond or red) hair and blue or green eyes
  • Certain genetic disorders that deplete skin pigment, such as albinism and xeroderma pigmentosum
  • A history of skin cancer
  • Many moles, unusual moles, or large moles they were born with
  • Close family members who have developed skin cancer
  • Had at least one severe sunburn early in life
  • Burns unrelated to sunburn
  • Indoor jobs and outside hobbies

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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