If you spend any time in the sun, you can be at risk for skin cancer. People with lighter skin tones are more likely to experience sun damage than those with darker skin tones. However, it’s possible to get skin cancer regardless of your skin tone.
You are at increased risk for skin cancer if you:
- Have a personal history of skin cancer
- Have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma
- Have a certain type and large number of moles
- Have skin that freckles or burns easily
- Have blue or green eyes
- Have blond, red or light brown hair
- Spend a lot of time outdoors through work or play
- Have a history of using tanning beds or tanning lights
There are additional health conditions and medications that can make you more susceptible to skin cancers, so it is important to fully understand your medical conditions and potential side effects from any medications you may be taking.