What increases my risk of developing skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a serious concern, even though it is often underplayed. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is one of the most common risk factors for developing the most deadly type of skin cancer, melanoma. UV light is found in sunlight and tanning beds, and each exposure increases an individual’s chance for skin cancer. Those who spend a lot of time outdoors without protecting their skin will find that they are at a greater risk than those who protect their skin or stay indoors on sunny days.
While you may not be able to control how often you are outdoors due to your career, there are ways you can protect your skin. At Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills, we often advise Short Hills, NJ area patients on the extra steps and precautions they can take to maintain healthy skin.
Below are just a few of the more common skin cancer risk factors as determined through research and clinical studies:
- Age. Individuals who are older have often had more sun exposure than those who are younger, therefore are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
- Weak immune systems. Those with immune suppression due to diseases or certain therapies may find they are more at risk for skin cancer.
- Gender. It has been determined that men are more likely to develop cancers such as basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas when compared to women.
- Skin tone. Those with fairer skin that burns easier might require more adamant protection as they may have greater risks.
- Moles. Though moles are typically harmless, they can be an indicator of skin cancer. The presence of moles alone increases a patient’s chance of developing skin cancer by 10%.
- Genetics. Some patients may have a genetic predisposition to develop skin cancer, or may have inherited conditions that increase their risks, such as xeroderma pigmentosum.
- UV exposure. Patients who work outdoors during the day or spend extended leisure time outside may find themselves at risk of developing melanoma.
Learn more about the risks of skin cancer
If you are interested in learning more about reducing your risk of skin cancer and protecting yourself from harmful UV light, we welcome you to book an appointment with the Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills in Short Hills, NJ. Our office is located at 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 2H and our front desk team can help you schedule an appointment when you call (973) 232-6245.