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Skin Cancer Risk Factors

People of any age, race, or skin color can develop skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. However, the likelihood of developing these diseases increases when you have one or more of the risk factors described in this section.

What Is Your Risk of Developing Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer?
An introduction to the risk factors associated with nonmelanoma skin cancers such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma.

Less Common Risk Factors for Basal and Squamous Cell Cancer
Besides ultraviolet light, a variety of diseases, skin conditions, chemicals, and medicines can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

What Are the Main Melanoma Risk Factors?
Melanoma risk factors, either alone or in combination, can make you more likely to develop the skin cancer. Know your risks, and how you may prevent it.

Cancer Genetics and Melanoma
A number of genetic factors are being investigated for their role in melanoma, including inherited genes as well genetic defects that are acquired from excessive sun exposure.

How to Help a Dermatologist Assess Your Risk
Your family and personal medical histories provide vital information that help a dermatologist assess your risk for developing skin cancer, especially melanoma.

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