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Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

Feb 13, 2014

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If caught early, skin cancer treatment has a high likelihood of effectively beating the disease. Keep reading to learn about common risk factors of this kind of cancer so you can protect yourself from it:

A Lighter Complexion

People with light skin are often more at risk for skin cancer than people with darker skin, especially if they sunburn easy. If you have a lighter complexion, talk to your dermatologist about the best ways to protect yourself from this harmful disease.

A Family or Personal History

When it comes to cancer, any kind of history of the disease is bad. If you know that any of your family members or you have had skin cancer, you should talk to your doctor about your risks for developing the disease. If there is a history present, you might need to be more diligent about regular checkups.

High Levels of Exposure to the Sun

The more time you spend in the sun the higher your risk for developing skin cancer. Take precautions when you go outside to protect your skin from dangerous UV rays. Wear clothing that covers your skin and use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30.

Tanning Booths

Although it might seem like tanning booths are safer than sunbathing outside, they can actually be more dangerous. Sitting in a tanning bed greatly increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

If you think you might have skin cancer, come to Arlington Dermatology for a checkup. Our skin cancer treatment gives you every opportunity to get rid of this condition and once again enjoy healthy skin. We can also have you with acne trouble and other skin conditions. For more information on our procedures, visit us online or call [company-phone id=1].

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