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Health Tip: Factors That Contribute to Skin Cancer

Health Tip: Factors That Contribute to Skin Cancer

06/16/11

(HealthDay News) -- People who have had severe blistering sunburns or frequent exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays are at greater risk of developing skin cancer, the U.S. National Cancer Institute reminds us.

Here the agency's list of additional factors that increase your risk of getting the disease:

  • Using tanning beds on a regular basis.
  • Having had skin cancer before.
  • Having a close family member with a history of skin cancer.
  • Having fair skin that burns easily.
  • Taking medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Having a medical condition that compromises the immune system, or taking a medication that suppresses the immune system.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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