Who Is at the Greatest Risk for Skin Cancer?

September 26, 2016

Because Caucasians have less skin pigmentation than darker skin people, they have a greater risk of skin cancer. Although people of color seem to tolerate the sun better, they should still use sunscreen, avoid overexposure to the sun and have annual dermatology check-ups.

The highest group belongs to fair-haired people with light color eyes. Those with darker complexions and eyes who don’t usually get sunburned can also be at risk for skin cancer.

The bottom line is that excessive exposure to intense sunlight can damage all skin types. Heat stroke is a sun-related problem and you can also damage your eyes from overexposure to the sun.

Fast Facts:

  • Every year more than 1.4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed and tied to sun exposure in this country.
  • Skin cancer affects everyone in many ways no matter what age.
  • Sun exposure or sunbathing is not the only way to get skin cancer.
  • With early detection, most skin cancers can be cured

Individual risk factors for skin cancer include:

  •  pale skin and light eye color
  •  blond, red or light color hair
  •  propensity to burn not tan
  •  multiple moles
  •  freckles or moles
  •  skin cancer family history
  •  blistering sunburn history

How Common is Skin Cancer?

Each year, millions of non-melanoma and thousands of melanoma cases occur globally.

One in every three cancers diagnosed in this country is a skin cancer

As ozone levels diminish, the atmosphere loses more of its protective filter and makes sun exposure more dangerous

Recreational exposure to the sun and a history of sunburn are factors that individuals must take responsibility for to avoid the continued increase in skin cancer.

When Should I get a Skin Cancer Screening?

Be responsible and see your dermatologist every year, just as you see your family doctor or dentist for annual check-ups. Dermatologists know what to look for in skin conditions that might be problematic. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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