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Risk Factors of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Talk to your doctor if you think you are at risk for  basal cell carcinoma.
Talk to your doctor if you think you are
at risk for  basal cell carcinoma.

Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn't mean that you will not get cancer. Some risk factors are out of your control, such as your complexion or family history. However, some risk factors, such as exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, are factors you can control. People who think they may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor.

Who is at risk for basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer found in Caucasians. It seldom occurs in dark-skinned persons. People who have this cancer frequently have light hair, eyes, and complexions, and they do not tan easily. Other risk factors for basal cell carcinoma include:

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