Factors That Can Increase Your Risk Of Getting Skin Cancer

April 2nd, 2020

Older Caucasian Female Smiling OutsideSkin cancer is a big deal, which is why it is so important to keep regular skin cancer screening appointments with Dr. Perri at Perri Dermatology in Spring. Doing so will ensure early detection, which greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment.

Dr. Perri firmly believes in educating his Spring patients on skin cancer and the factors that can increase your risk of being diagnosed in the future. Because of this, we are taking time in this blog to list several of them, so keep reading.

Your age

It’s not quite fair, but the older you are, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer. Be sure to make annual appointments with Dr. Perri for skin cancer screenings so you can be sure you’re free and clear.

Your gender

Again, it’s not fair, but men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than women. Men in Spring need to have yearly skin cancer screenings with Dr. Perri to be sure any abnormalities are caught early.

Your skin tone

Those with a lighter skin tone are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer. The risk increases even more if you have blonde or red hair or green or blue eyes. If this sounds like you, call Dr. Perri to schedule a skin cancer screening today.

A weakened immune system

If your immune system is weakened due to a virus or disease, you are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer, and skin cancer screenings should be part of your overall wellness plan.

The presence of moles

For most, moles are harmless. However, the presence of moles does increase your risk of skin cancer because they can develop into melanoma over time. The more moles you have, the greater the risk, so be sure to see Dr. Perri regularly for a skin cancer screening in his Spring office.

Genetics

Spring residents who have immediate family members who have been previously diagnosed with skin cancer are at an increased risk of developing the disease themselves. Because of this, you should visit Dr. Perri at least once a year for a skin cancer screening.

Smoking or tobacco use

Tobacco users are more likely to develop skin cancer than those who do not use tobacco products. The greatest area of risk for these patients is the lips. If you use tobacco products, be sure to have a skin cancer screening at least every year.

Exposure to certain chemicals

Excessive exposure to chemicals such as coal, tar, paraffin, and oil may increase the risk of skin cancer. If you’ve spent years being exposed to chemicals like this, visiting Dr. Perri regularly for a skin cancer screening is vital.

Excessive exposure to the sun

Many residents work outdoors. Because of this, they experience increased exposure to harmful UV rays – even if you wear sunscreen daily. Talk to Dr. Perri about how frequently you should visit him for a skin cancer screening so detection can be made early.

Make Yourself a Regular at Perri Dermatology

The best thing you can do to ensure you stay safe, or that skin cancer is caught early, is to be a yearly visitor at Dr. Perri’s office for a skin cancer screening.

You can start today by making your first appointment by calling (281) 943-2749 now!