What lifestyle habits can increase someone’s risk of developing skin cancer?

Sometimes you can put yourself at risk of developing skin cancer without even realizing it.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), some lifestyle behaviors that can put you at risk of developing skin cancer include:

  • Choosing to use a tanning bed or intentionally spending a lot of time outside to get tan
  • Having occupational exposure to arsenic compounds, coal tar, creosote, pitch or radium
  • Ignoring a family history of skin cancer
  • Ignoring unusual moles rather than having them checked out
  • Not using sunscreen anytime you will be outside, even on overcast days

For more information about behaviors that put you at risk of developing skin cancer, talk with your doctor.

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