What Causes Skin Cancer?

KeratosesOne of the main causes of skin cancer is the over exposure of the skin to ultraviolet radiation. When parts of the body are excessively exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, especially the exposed areas of the face, ears, back, neck and scalp, damage is induced to the person’s skin. In some instances skin cancer has been known to appear in areas that see little or no exposure to the sun.

Who is at Risk for Skin Cancer?
What causes skin cancer? Although each case is unique, the most common characteristics that predispose an individual to skin cancer include the following include:

  • Individuals with light skin who tend to burn easily when their skin is exposed to the sun for extended periods of time without adequate levels of protection.
  • A person that has already been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer has an increased risk if precautions are not taken.
  • Those who live in the sun belt areas of our country. People in Florida and other southern states have an exponentially greater exposure to harmful UV radiation.
  • Individuals with a strong family history of skin cancer have a greater risk of developing skin cancer themselves.
  • Children under the age of 18 years who did not use sunscreen to protect themselves from sunburns are more likely to develop skin cancer later in life.

Early Detection Saves Lives
At Franklin Dermatology and Surgery Center we take pride in providing our patients with thorough full body skin exams for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and disease. Our knowledgeable and courteous staff comes with years of experience that will aid in the early detection of one of the three types of skin cancer Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.