Your Skin Type & Skin Cancer
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What is skin type?
There are six types of skin, ranging from very light (type 1) to very dark (type 6), according to the scientific classification known as Fitzpatrick skin typing. Developed in 1975 by a physician named Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, the system classifies skin type according to the amount of skin pigment you have and your skin’s reaction to sun exposure. Determining your Fitzpatrick skin type can help predict your overall risk for sun damage and skin cancer.
All skin types are at risk
Safeguard against skin cancer every day
Understanding your skin type is a vital step in safeguarding against skin cancer, but skin type is not your only risk factor. To avoid premature aging and skin damage that can progress to cancer, use broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and practice sun-safe habits. This includes seeking shade and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Stay sun safe every day: Your Daily Sun Protection Guide.