Melanoma skin cancer causes and risk factors


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Melanoma skin cancer risk factors

Suspicious moles or skin lesions: A suspicious mole is something to be concerned about. If the mole is greater than 6mm than it may be cancerous.

A history of previous skin cancer: If you have had cancer before you are at higher risk for having it again. As many as fifty percent of skin cancer patients regain another skin cancer after five years. This of course depends on the the type of skin cancer that they have.

50 or more moles: A few moles are not a cause for concern. Its normal to have moles. But if you have a lot(50 or more) than you should go get checked out as it is very unusual to have so many moles.

Atypical moles:
If the left side of a mole does not look like the right side of a mole than you are in trouble. Moles that are not cancerous should look look symmetrical.

A family history of skin cancer: Genetics play a part in cancer. Some have hypothesized that you are born with cancer, it is not until a specific amount of damage is done is the cancer realized. Modern skin cancer treatment says that it is both genetic and foreign substance causes. Either way you are more likely to develop cancer if your parents, grand parents and other close relatives did.

If you have have any of the following symptoms or conditions, epically if you have more than one it may be time for you begin self checking yourself or if you have the money, to get a physical examination. A physical examination will consist of a doctor looking at your whole body and taking photographs of different lumps, bumps, moles and not healing sores. If anything is detected than you will be given a skin biopsy.

Other symptoms that should not be checked but are:
Light Skin: People who have skin that does not tan and burns easily or freckles are at greater risk.

Live in geographic regions closer to the equator: Ultraviolet rays are stronger the closer that we get to the equator and as such, the closer that you live to the equator, the more likely that you will be in a high ultraviolet index zone.
Work outdoors or spend lots of time in leisure activities in the sun.

Fitzpatrick Level one or two: People who have a Fitzpatrick rating of one or two have a very high risk of developing skin cancer.

Melanoma skin cancer Causes

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. The two types that exist are Ultraviolet A (UVA), Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Both play a role in the development of skin cancer. When going out into the sun it is crucial that you have skin protection on for both types of Ultraviolet light and avoid going out into the sun when the UV Index is greater than 8 or high.

See Also

Malignant melanoma skin cancer
What is melanoma skin cancer
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Nonmelanoma skin cancer
Melenoma skin cancer
Melinoma skin cancer
Non melanoma skin cancer

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