Who should get a skin cancer screening and how often?
It’s important to be aware of any changes in your skin, especially if you work outside or do a lot of outdoor activities — not just in the summer but year-round. Self-examine your skin every month to look for anything that is different. People who are considered high risk should be examined by a health care provider. Learn how you can be smarter about sun exposure.
What causes skin cancer?
People who are at a higher risk:
- Are exposed to excessive ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, tanning lamps, or tanning beds
- Have a history of frequent sunburns (especially before age 20)
- Have many moles (particularly those that are abnormal)
- Have light-colored skin, freckles, light hair, and/or blue or green eyes
- Are Caucasian (Caucasians are 10 times more likely to have melanoma than African Americans)
- Have a family or personal history of malignant melanoma
- Are women younger than age 40 and men older than age 40
- Have xeroderma pigmentosum (a rare, inherited condition)
Learn more about skin cancer:
These links give you skin cancer prevention tips, and they help you learn how to identify moles that could be warning signs and how to stay sun-safe: