Risk Factors

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Skin color and exposure to sunlight can affect the risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer and actinic keratosis. Risk factors for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma include the following:

  • Being exposed to a lot of natural or artificial sunlight
  • Having a fair complexion (blond or red hair, fair skin, green or blue eyes, history of freckling)
  • Having scars or burns on the skin
  • Being exposed to arsenic
  • Having chronic skin inflammation or skin ulcers
  • Being treated with radiation
  • Taking immunosuppressive drugs (for example, after an organ transplant)
  • Having actinic keratosis

Risk factors for actinic keratosis include the following:

  • Being exposed to a lot of sunlight
  • Having a fair complexion (blond or red hair, fair skin, green or blue eyes, history of freckling)
 
 
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