Your chances of getting skin cancer are based on heredity- what you’re genetically predispositioned toward- as well as your own tanning and burning history.
- Have you or any of your first-degree relatives (parents and siblings) had skin cancer? Yes- having a first-degree relative who has had melanoma increases your risk by 50%, so does a bout with breast cancer.
- Have you ever used a tanning bed? Yes- using a tanning bed for the first time before age 36 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%.
- Do your have blond or red hair, light eyes and skin that burns easily? Yes- fair skinned people are at an increased risk for skin cancer.
- Did you ever have a blistering sunburn as a child, or have you had more than five painful sunburns during your lifetime? Yes-these factors double your risk of getting melanoma.
- Have you ever had any moles that turned out to be cancerous? Yes- A prior diagnosis increases your risk as does having more than 50 moles.
allyou.com May 2015