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If you have had multiple sunburns that blistered or peeled, your risk of developing skin cancer doubles.
Men are at a greater risk of getting the disease, with one in 14 men and one in 24 women expected to develop melanoma sometime in their life.
Due to lack of skin pigmentation, Caucasian populations are at high risk of getting skin cancer.
If you have fair skin, blue eyes, or light or red hair, you are in the highest risk group.
BACK Do you have a large number of freckles or moles on your body?
You have an increased risk of melanoma if there are multiple freckles or moles on your skin.
BACK Have you had a melanoma or another type of skin cancer before?
You are at higher risk of developing further skin cancers if you have had one previously.
A history of skin cancer indicates that your skin might be prone to the disease, usually from excessive sun damage or due to a genetic disposition.
BACK Do you have any skin spots that look different to the others?
A mole could be a melanoma if it is changing in size, shape or colour, or looks different to the others on your body.
It is important to become familiar with your own skin and notice any sores that won’t heal, small red or white lumps, or new freckles that appear or change over weeks or months.
If you work outdoors, or are often outside, you are exposed to the sun’s UV light, which permanently damages your skin cells and causes irreversible harm that can lead to skin cancer.
A sign of skin cancer is easy or persisting bleeding, even from small abrasions on your body.
For example, a small scratch on your skin might bleed when you towel off after a shower, or you might have lingering bleeding from your face after shaving.
Studies have shown that using a solarium before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 59 percent, because the UV radiation emitted from solariums is six times stronger than the midday sun.
Skin cancer can affect anyone of any skin type and can occur anywhere on the body, often showing no symptoms until an advanced stage.
Answering ‘yes’ to at least one question means you are part of the high-risk group and it is possible that you will develop skin cancer in your life time.
A head-to-toe skin check with a skilled doctor is the only way to know your skin is healthy.