Skin cancer and fair skinned people

Alternative names 
Fair skin cancer risks

Information

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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