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Fair skin cancer risks

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Anyone who sunburns easily is at high risk for skin cancer . Other factors that increase your risk include:

  • Freckled skin
  • Blue, gray or green eyes
  • Blond or red hair
  • Multiple moles
  • People with close relatives who had skin cancer (may be a factor)
  • Children who have had multiple severe sunburns (this is a big risk factor!)

Use sunscreen and keep infants out of the sun altogether. See sunburn .

Update Date: 4/17/2003

Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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