Who Is at Risk for Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. It is not surprising when you consider the amount of skin on the human body. To treat skin cancer in Kissimmee and Ocoee FL, you can count on Dr. Clifford Lober, a board-certified dermatologist, to provide the care and advice that you require.
Many things can be considered risk factors for developing cancer.
Those who live in an area where there is lots of sun year-round or at a higher altitude, have a greater risk of developing skin cancer. Those who work outdoors are also at greater risk of exposure. Sunlight causes damage to the skin. It can cause premature aging and damage that may lead to cancer. UV (ultraviolet) rays, both type A and B are damaging. UVA causes aging and UVB causes sunburns, both of which can be contributing factors to skin cancer by damaging the DNA in the skin cells. Both UVA and UVB can cause basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Those who have fair skin, red or blond hair, light eyes, and freckles are more likely to develop skin can than those who have darker skin tones, eyes, and hair. However, that doesn't mean that only fair-skinned people get skin cancer. The sun can damage anyone's skin no matter what the color. The risk level is lower but it still exists.
If you have a condition that suppresses your immunity, you are at greater risk of developing skin cancer. Your risk is also increased with immunosuppressing drugs.
Since skin damage from sun exposure is cumulative, it makes sense that the majority of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma cases are in those over the age of 50.
Previous Skin Cancer
If you have had previous skin cancer in Kissimmee and Ocoee FL, the chances that you will have it again dramatically increase. The risk is between 35 and 50% that a new cancer will develop which makes follow-up visits with your dermatologist essential.
Some medications can make you more prone to getting sunburned. This increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Check the side effects of any medication you are taking so that you can take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.
It is pretty safe to say that everyone with skin is at risk for skin cancer. Protecting your skin from the rays of the sun is your first line of defense and using sunblock and a wide-brim hat are precautions everyone should use.
Contact Dr. Lober with your skin cancer concerns in Kissimmee and Ocoee FL. You can reach him in the Kissimmee, FL, office by calling (407) 846-7166, or in Ocoee, FL, by calling (407) 656-9700, so call today.