Who Is At High-Risk to Get Skin Cancer?
Many people prefer to live in a sunny warm place instead of the cold place
with less sunlight. People like to get a free vitamin D or sunshine vitamin
from the sun in the morning. Being able to enjoy the sunlight daily is one
of the perks of living somewhere close to the equator. Sun brings
cheerfulness to people. However, getting too much exposure to sunlight
may cause some harm, especially when it has an excessive amount of UV
radiation. Skin cancer is one of them.
Everyone can develop any form of skin cancer. But some people with
these genetic factors such as the family history of skin cancer, fair
complexion, tendency to get sunburn, freckles, light eye color, light, and
red hair color when combined with UV radiation are at increased risk of
getting skin cancer. These high-risk people need to be aware of their skin
condition and changes.
However, there are other additional characteristics that can develop to
become melanoma or non-melanocytic skin cancer. Here are the following
additional characteristics for melanoma; the presence of actinic damage
(RR = 2), past history of non-melanocytic skin cancer (NMSC) (people
above 40 years are at higher risk), and people with childhood high levels
of UV exposure and sunburn in childhood (RR = 2). Meanwhile, the
additional characteristics for non-melanocytic (NMSC) are; people who
are aged above 40 years, male, and presence of multiple solar keratoses.
If you happen on the mentioned lists above, you should do any kind of
prevention to minimize or reduce the risk of getting an excessive amount
of UV radiation. You may also need to check up on your skin condition
before it’s too late. Based on the studies, men are more at risk than women
of developing skin cancer. It is better not to ignore the small signs and
having your skin checked regularly to keep on track of your skin health. You can do the first screening to your skin with ABCDE method to detect
the changing of your skin condition.
Remember that not all skin cancers are deadly. Many of them are treatable
and have a higher survival rate especially in Australia where people have
great awareness of skin cancer. The earlier you check up on it, the higher
the survival rate you’ll have.