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Is skin cancer a hereditary disease?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Skin

Skin cancer , particularly malignant melanoma may have a strong hereditary component.
Intense sun exposure also has been linked to melanoma.

In brief: Skin

Skin cancer , particularly malignant melanoma may have a strong hereditary component.
Intense sun exposure also has been linked to melanoma.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of melanoma increases your risk for developing melanoma.

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of melanoma increases your risk for developing melanoma.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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