Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Skin Cancer

You may be confronted with early warning signs of skin cancer and be completely unaware. You may even know someone who has been personally affected by skin cancer. You may have a loved one who is struggling with it presently. For all these reasons and more, it is essential to identify the leading causes of skin cancer to be aware and able to prevent it from developing.

Most Common Source of Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is caused primarily by the UV rays of the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer.

Not only do UV rays pose a significant risk of skin cancer, but they can be equally dangerous to the health of one’s eyes. Ultraviolet A and B rays can affect the eyes and such exposure can lead to cataracts and even eyelid cancer on the surrounding skin. This is why our dermatologic skin cancer surgeons and board-certified dermatologists urge our patients to limit their sun exposure and as a lifestyle choice. The less exposure the better.

Other Causes of Skin Cancer & Harmful Tumors

Tanning beds and their associated UV lights used are also equally harmful, despite the fact many choose to use tanning beds during the seasonal winter months. In addition, exposure to x-rays as well as scars and other toxic chemicals can also influence and cause skin cancer to develop. Moles can become abnormal and also evolve into cancerous growths. We recommend routine skin examinations and mole screenings as well.

If you suspect you have skin cancer or any dangerous growths you are concerned about, be sure to make an appointment with a dermatologist at Skin and Cancer Institute for prompt medical attention and treatment.