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Is skin cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

There can be a family 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.

In brief: Can be

There can be a family 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. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Dilawar Singh
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Skin cancer

There is a higher incidence of skin cancer, esp melanoma , in patients who's 1 st degree relative has had a melanoma.
Also basal cell cancer can have hereditary component. A condition called Nevoid basal cell syndrome or Gorlin syndrome inherited condition involving skin, nervous system,eye,glands and bones.

In brief: Skin cancer

There is a higher incidence of skin cancer, esp melanoma , in patients who's 1 st degree relative has had a melanoma.
Also basal cell cancer can have hereditary component. A condition called Nevoid basal cell syndrome or Gorlin syndrome inherited condition involving skin, nervous system,eye,glands and bones.
Dr. Dilawar Singh
Dr. Dilawar Singh
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This is related to race as well as certain genetic conditions or predispositions.

In brief: Yes

This is related to race as well as certain genetic conditions or predispositions.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of skin cancer does increase your chances of developing skin cancer.

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of skin cancer does increase your chances of developing skin cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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