Skin Cancer

What causes skin cancer?

Research shows indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. Everyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin tone, although it is more common in those with light skin. Living in a sunny area can also increase the risk, even if you haven’t lived in that area for years. Having a lot of moles (especially atypical or dysplastic) increases the risk, as does getting a bad sunburn, especially if you have trouble tanning. If you’ve had it before, or have a family member that has it, this increases the risk. Medications or diseases which impair immune function or lots of x-ray treatments contribute. Exposure to chemicals such as arsenic, coal, or industrial tar, as well as chewing and smoking tobacco will all contribute to the risk of skin cancer.

There are 3 main types of skin cancer: