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Blame Your Family For Skin Cancer?

Wearing sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin from the harmful rays that can lead to skin cancer, but unfortunately, two new studies suggest that your risk could be inherited. One study found that if an identical twin had melanoma, it increased the other twin's risk as well. The second study showed that those who had a sibling or parent with skin cancer also had an increased risk of developing this disease.

I know this news sounds depressing, but keep in mind that although these studies prove that skin cancer can run in families, it doesn't mean you'll definitely develop it if a close relative has. It does mean that you should be extra vigilant about dousing on the sunscreen year-round, try to limit your sun exposure, and get your skin checked regularly by a dermatologist.

Has anyone you're related to been diagnosed with skin cancer?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
My father had to get several patches of cancer removed from his face, primarily his nose. :\ I've always been worried about skin cancer since when I get a sunburn, I get it bad. Sucks.
traciepwns traciepwns 7 years
I'm 31 and was recently diagnosed with a Basal Cell Carcinoma. I've never used a tanning bed and don't spend an excess amount of time in the sun but because my father has skin cancer and I'm fair skinned & light-eyed, I'm high risk. I've since had surgery to have it removed but I'm going to have to continue to go for check-ups regularly to make sure the other moles on my body don't wind up changing size, shape or color.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My mom (who was a sun worshipper all her life) has had precancerous moles removed. I don't even know what that means but it scares me because from when I was little up through teens, she used to have me lay out with her all the time and slather us both in baby oil.
biarose biarose 7 years
She wasn't exactly diagnosed.. my mum just has to get a few benign ones burnt off every now and then.. is that the same?
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