A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.
The following factors increase your chance of developing basal cell carcinoma:
- Childhood sunburns , freckling, or long periods of sun exposure
- Fair skin that rarely tans
- Blue or green eyes
- Blonde or red hair
- A family history of skin cancer
- A personal history of skin cancer
- Treatment that suppresses the immune system, such as that prescribed for people who have had an organ transplant
- History of radiation treatment
- Swallowing arsenic
- Certain rare genetic disorders, such as Gorlin’s syndrome—an inherited group of multiple defects involving the skin, nervous system, eyes, endocrine glands, and bones
- Frequent use of tanning beds
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