Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

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Risk Factors of Skin Cancer
Bowen's disease
Bowen's disease is a type of scaly or thickened patch on the skin. It may turn into squamous cell skin cancer
Actinic keratosis:
Actinic keratosis is a type of flat, scaly growth on the skin. It is most often found on areas exposed to the sun, especially the face and the backs of the hands. Without treatment, a small number of these scaly growths may turn into squamous cell cancer.
Radiation therapy
Medical conditions or drugs that suppress the immune system
Family history of skin cancer
Personal history of one or more skin cancers
Diseases that make the skin sensitive to the sun
Chronic skin inflammation or skin ulcers
Exposure to arsenic at work
Infection with certain human papillomaviruses
Scars or burns on the skin
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation
A person's risk of skin cancer is related to lifetime exposure to UV radiation. Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but the sun damages the skin from an early age.
Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov