Anyone can develop cancer, although the risk increases as you age.

There are three main types of skin cancer. You can learn more about each, by clicking the links below:

Basal Cell Cancer (BCC)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

You risk of developing any type of skin cancer in greater if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • Fair or freckled skin, especially if it burns easily and doesn’t tan.
  • Red or fair hair and light-coloured eyes.
  • Experienced short, intense periods of exposure to UV radiation, eg. on weekends or holidays or when playing sport
  • Actively tanned or used solariums/sunbeds.
  • Worked outdoors.
  • A weakened immune system, which could be caused by taking certain medications after an organ transplant (immunosuppressants) or being HIV positive.
  • Lots of moles
  • Moles with an irregular shape and uneven colour (dysplastic naevi).
  • A previous or family history of skin cancer.
  • Certain conditions such as sunspots.

People with olive or very dark skin naturally have more protection against skin cancer because their skin produces more melanin than fair-skinned people. However, they can still develop skin cancer.

If you have experienced long or intense sun exposure, or have any concerns about your skin, contact us for a skin check and consultation.