May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Are You at Risk? - Caribbean News

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Skin cancer awareness month: More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that people of every age, race and gender are affected by the disease.

Simply put, if you have skin, you can get skin cancer. However, some people are at higher risk for the disease than others. Understanding the factors contributing to your chances of developing skin cancer can help you prevent the disease.

"There is a clear connection between ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and a higher risk of skin cancer," says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

"Everyone should be taking steps to protect themselves, but those with additional risk factors need to be particularly vigilant with their sun protection routine."

Your Skin Type

The first major factor affecting your risk for skin cancer is your skin type. According to the scientific classification known as Fitzpatrick skin typing, there are six types of skin ranging from very fair (type 1) to very dark (type 6).

The system classifies skin based on the amount of melanin (skin pigment) a person has, and their skin's reaction to sun exposure. People with skin types 1…
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