Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. One in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Although the risk is lower in Asians, skin cancers still do occur. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, past history of multiple dysplastic nevi, being over 40 years old, history of repeated sun burn, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early.
Which are the risk factors for skin cancers?
Risk factors include:
- pale skin
- family history of melanoma
- past history of multiple dysplastic nevi
- age above 40 years
- history of repeated sun burn or regular sun exposure
- large congenital nevus