Fair skin cancer risks

Alternative names 
Skin cancer and fair skinned people


Anyone who sunburns easily is at high risk for skin cancer. Other factors that increase your risk include:

  • Freckled skin  
  • Blue, gray or green eyes  
  • Blond or red hair  
  • Multiple moles  
  • Close relatives who had skin cancer (may be a factor)  
  • Multiple severe sunburns in childhood or adolescence (this is a BIG risk factor!)

Use sunscreen and keep infants and children out of the sun altogether. See sunburn.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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