What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

The risk for skin cancer varies depending on several factors:

High Risk:

  • Red hair
  • Type 1 skin and older than 45 years of age
  • Type 2 skin and older than 65 years of age
  • Family history of melanoma 
  • More than 100 naevi or more than 10 atypical naevi (naevi= birthmarks)
  • Personal history of melanoma 
  • History of non-melanoma skin cancers

Medium Risk:

  • Blue eyes
  • Type 1 skin and between age 25-45.
  • Type 2 skin and between age 45-65.
  • Type 3 skin and older than 65 years old.
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer is present in family history.
  • Solar keratosis is present in past history.
  • Has experienced multiple sunburns.
  • We recommend having 3-6 monthly self-checks, and 2-5 skin checks yearly with a doctor.

Low Risk:

  • Type 1 skin and less than 25 years old.
  • Type 2 skin and less than 45 years old.
  • Type 3 skin and less than 65 years old.
  • Type 4 and 5 skin.
  • Performing self-checks annually is recommended on top of a one-off skin check with a doctor for risk assessment and skin care advice.
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