Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

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.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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