There are many different factors that can increase your risk of skin cancer. These include your gender; age; skin colour; eye/hair colour; the number and types of moles on your body; whether your family has a history of skin cancer; if you have been diagnosed with skin cancer previously; and your level of exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
New Zealanders in their 40s, 50s and 60s generally have a higher risk of developing skin cancer, as they grew up in an era when sun protection wasn’t as valued as it is today. Many have also never had their moles checked. People aged 60 plus are at particularly high risk of squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell skin cancers.
Some medications that suppress the immune system can increase people’s risk of skin cancers such as melanoma, basal and squamous cell cancers. Ask your doctor if this applies to you, and if so, book for an annual mole check with Mole Screen.