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Is skin cancer genetic?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

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

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of skin cancer increases your risk.

In brief: Yes

Having a family history of skin cancer increases your risk.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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