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Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Yes, but it varies
The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure.
There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes!

In brief: Yes, but it varies
The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure.
There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes!
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Yes
Having a family history of skin cancers increases your risk.

In brief: Yes
Having a family history of skin cancers increases your risk.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology
In brief: See below
The three common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, all have a hereditary component.

In brief: See below
The three common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, all have a hereditary component.
Dr. David Voron
Dr. David Voron
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