What Are the Risk Factors for Skin Cancer?

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Medical science provides us with more and more evidence-based data on skin cancer treatment and prevention. We think that paying attention to this information is very useful for anyone who wants a long, happy and healthy life.

What is a skin cancer?

Skin Cancer Foundation offers the following definition of skin cancer:

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

There are three most common types of skin cancer:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

What can you do reduce the risk of getting the skin cancer? Actually, a lot of things!

Pay attention to your nutrition.

Consumption of fruits, vegetables, as the sources of antioxidants is strongly advised. Food, rich with beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamin C, D, E and polyphenols may reduce the risk of cancer. All kinds of smoked products, fried foods, as well as canned food, sugary, high-calorie drinks, and alcohol increase the risk of getting a skin cancer.


Excess weight causes hormonal imbalance and may lead to increased blood sugar level, which contributes to a higher risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

Avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Do not stay in the sun between 10AM and 4PM, use UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, for extended outdoor activity use SPF of 30 or higher, apply it 30 minutes before going outside, reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming.  

Quit smoking.

Smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body. It is linked to at least 10 different cancers and accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths.

Never use tanning beds.

It has been scientifically proven that irrespective of the kind of ultraviolet rays that are used in solariums there is still a high risk of developing melanoma.

Perform monthly self-checks and visit a dermatologist once a year.

Carry out regular examinations of your body and, if any suspicious formations are found, notify the doctor immediately.

Get checked up in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch area

If you had noticed any suspicious skin lesion or changes in color, form or size of existing mole, or any questions, should refer to the professional dermatologist in the nearest possible time. Skin cancer could be cured when detected at the earlier stages.

You can undergo a thorough examination and get full recommendations concerning skin cancer prevention in one of our offices in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, too.

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