U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer genetic?

6 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
In part, YES: There can be a family/genetic component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very 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.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology 37 years experience
Skin cancer genetics: Some skin cancers may be genetic but many are related to prior sun exposure as a child. Your skin type, is instrumental in your defense or how much damage is involved as fair skin has more risk of devleoping cancer from sun exposure.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes, some melanomas: There are genes for melanoma amd a family tendency to melanoma foramation so family members of patients with melanoma are urgerd to be crewed. There is also rare form of aggressive basal cell carcinoma that has a genetic marker.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yes, partly: Like most cancer, skin cancer has a genetic component. There are many risk factors for skin cancer but the two greatest ones are genetics and sun exposure. Having fair skin is also a risk factor. Some people may sunburn excessively and never develop a skin cancer while others may get little sun exposure and still end up with a skin cancer. No one is totally immune. Can develop in any race.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Sometimes: The vast majority of skin cancers are due to sun exposure and uv light. There are some inherited syndromes that predispose people to skin cancers but they are fairly rare.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yes: Having a family history of skin cancer increases your risk.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is skin cancer genetic?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Burke
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Not usually.: There are several described inheritable genetic disorders that cause predisposition to skin cancers, but the vast majority of skin cancers arise spontaneously. Fair skin color and blonde or red hair are inherited and increase the risk of developing skin cancer, as do certain behaviors (sun tanning) which may be passed down thru a family. Geographic location will also affect sun exposure.
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
There is a plethora of recent research and studies which have shed light on the incidence of melanoma pointing toward a significant genetic predisposition to develop the cancer. They also show that sun exposure is not the sole cause of melanoma and is probably less crucial than previously thought.
Dec 7, 2013

Related questions

A 31-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
A 47-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 55-year-old male asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 23, 2019

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.