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:
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.