A 30-year-old member asked:
is skin cancer a hereditary disease?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Mike Bowman answered
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes and No: There can be a family component, which should not be taken lightly. However, sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist.
Answered on Jan 19, 2017
Dr. Richard Orr answered
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: But, some patients have a familial risk. In other words if your father, mother, brother, or sister had skin cancer - your risk may be higher. Skin cancer is related to sun exposure and things like tanning bed. Note: there are very rare familial syndromes characterized by mamy, many skin lesions that may be premalignant.
Answered on Mar 12, 2012
Dr. Travis Kidner answered
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Having a family history of melanoma increases your risk for developing melanoma.
Answered on Mar 29, 2013
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