Skin Cancer - Introduction

Introduction Causes Symptoms Treatments

Anyone can develop a skin cancer, and this risk increases with time. However some people are more likely to do so than others.  They include those who have:
  • Fair skin that burns easily
  • Light coloured eyes: blue, grey or hazel
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Numerous freckles
  • Outdoor work or heavy sun exposure in the past
  • A history of skin cancer
People who have already had a skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesion have generally had heavy sun exposure, and so may be at increased risk of getting more than one skin cancer.