Monday, June 20, 2011

Factors that might Lead to Skin Cancer

People who have had severe blistering sunburns or frequent exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays are at higher risk of developing skin cancer, the U.S. National Cancer Institute reminds us.

Here the agency's list of additional factors that increases your risk of getting the disease:
  •  Using tanning beds on a regular basis.
  •  Having had skin cancer before.
  •  Having a close family member with a history of skin cancer.
  •  Having fair skin that burns easily.
  •  Taking medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight.
  •  Having a medical condition that compromises the immune system, or taking a medication that suppresses the immune system.

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