Though ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and tanning booths is the leading cause of most types of skin cancer, it isn’t the only cause or risk factor. Your chances of developing skin cancer are higher due to:
- Family history of skin cancer
- Fair or light skin tone
- History of sunburns
Even though most moles are fine and nothing to worry about, if you have lots of moles, you may have an increased risk of skin cancer. Because skin cancer can progress and spread if left untreated, it’s important to schedule annual skin checks with your primary care provider and to see your provider any time you notice a new or abnormal growth.