Fair skin, moles, history of sunburns and tropical address are some of the risk factors for skin cancer. Dr. Debra Price, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says although people with fair skin and people who are redheads are more at risk for skin cancer, anybody can get it. "One of the dangers we see is that people with darker skin oftentimes have this full sense of security that they can't develop skin cancer, and so what we found and studies have shown, that oftentimes they come later rather than earlier, when they notice an abnormal lesion, and of course the consequences of that are serious," she explains.
90% of skin cancer is caused by not just sun exposure, but tanning beds. Dr. Debra Price, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the UVB and UVA rays from the Sun enter the skin and they cause damage to the DNA of the cells of the skin. "Our body tries to repair that damage, but unfortunately we're not able to repair it all, so it creates mutations or abnormalities in those cells, which caused them to multiply abnormally and create skin cancers." She also says the most common areas with skin cancer are all Sun exposed areas, but any part of the skin can develop skin cancer. She recommends whenever you see something abnormal, you should immediately get it evaluated.