Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your likelihood of developing a disease like cancer. When it comes to skin cancer risk factors, there are several that can contribute to the development of this disease. Fortunately, many of these risks can be addressed by you.

The following can help decrease your skin cancer risk:


Daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15+

Use of sun protective clothing, UV-blocking sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats

Seeking the shade whenever possible

Protective window film in your car and home

Annual skin exams with your physician

Monthly self-exams

A healthy diet

Reviewed by:
Heidi Jacobe, MD
Anna Chien, MD

Last updated: March 2022

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Last updated: July 2022

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