Skin cancer: risk factors and prevention
April 2023   HEALTHCARE

Skin cancer: risk factors and prevention

Simple steps to practice sun safety and avoid harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
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Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world.. In Europe alone, it is the fifth most diagnosed cancer in men and women.1

Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. If caught early, a dermatologist can treat skin cancer with little or no scarring and high odds of eliminating it for good.

What causes skin cancer?

More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun, and getting sunburned more than five times doubles the risk of developing it.2 As we move into the sunnier summer months, we must take extra care to protect our skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

How to protect against skin cancer:

  • Wear a high-SPF sunscreen.
  • Avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

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1. European Commission. Skin melanoma burden in EU-27. Accessed 5 April 2023.

2. Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics. Accessed 5 April 2023.

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