Skin cancer causes – sunburn and skin cancer

Making a list of various skin cancer causes generally starts with sunburn and skin cancer.

The sun is considered the number one culprit, specifically due to overexposure.

This causes sun damage, possibly resulting in sunburn ...even sunburn blisters, peeling and reddened skin.

Any sunburn or sun damage can serve as a trigger to skin cancer. This relationship between the sun and skin cancer is very valid.

However if we want to get to the origin of what causes skin cancer, we’d have to look more closely at other contributing factors.

Blond hair, light eyes - a skin cancer risk factor

These are called Risk Factors and that’s just what they are …risks that can play a factor in whether you get skin cancer or not.

Some of these risk factors, we were born with.

Some are habits we’ve learned by those around us and as we age we continue to follow examples given to us.


Other risk factors would be the result of our own choices.

The more risk factors one has, the greater are the chances of getting skin cancer and the severity of it.

The causes of skin cancer have more to do with the condition of our health and the number of these risk factors we already have in place. It could be said that these risk factors are skin cancer causes waiting to happen.

Let’s refer to some Skin Cancer Risk Factors listed on another page named “What causes skin cancer.”

Here you can look at each individual factor and see the origin of the factor and realize that there are things you can do to control your health, possibly preventing skin cancer.

Here are the risk factors as potential skin cancer causes:

• Skin complexion – This is something you were born with. If you are light skinned, then do use extreme caution not to overexpose to ultraviolet rays. If your job is outside, use a good sunscreen, wear sun protective clothing. Mothers, don't let your children grow up to have skin cancer.

•Color of eyes – You were born with the color of your eyes. Blue eyes and green eyes are light colored and put you at a higher risk.

•Personal history – If you’ve had skin cancer once, you are susceptible to have it again. Focus on your health and using sense in the sun and you can lessen recurrences and severity. You still can change your family tree, in regards to health.

•Moles and freckles – Perhaps you were born with some, and chances are they may never develop into skin cancer. However they can …especially new ones. Definitely be watching for any changes in them. Religiously avoid too much UV exposure and live a healthy lifestyle. Moles and freckles are causes of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer; you should see a dermatologist immediately. Don’t put it off!

•Skin lesions – an abnormal growth on your skin. Lesions could be precancerous or cancerous. They sometimes appear and later disappear. Don’t wait and expect them to disappear; they could be spreading under the skin, undetected. They may bleed easily and not heal. See a dermatologist immediately!

•Sunscreen – This is your choice …it’s in your control!  It can be your friend, but questionable chemicals and toxins are not your friend. Choose a sunscreen with safe ingredients and the proper protection, like Sunumbra or any other one with safe natural ingredients. A good sunscreen blocks the UVA rays to reduce the risk of melanoma, while maximizing your exposure to UVB rays without sun burning. Don't let sunscreen be one of the skin cancer causes.

•The sun – This starts way back in your childhood and continues into your adult life. A really bad sunburn that results in sunburn blisters, peeling and even pain can easily play a role in melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer.Always limit your exposure to the sun and tanning beds, especially if you have other skin cancer risks. Live healthy and use protection in the sun, as needed.

•Radiation damaged skin tissue – Perhaps you’ve experienced a severe sunburn or undergone radiation therapy. If so you are vulnerable to skin cancer. Improve your health and protect your skin from further sun damage.

•Culture – Our country of birth and/or religious beliefs usually are the factors to the culture we have accustomed to. Countries that have a culture of keeping themselves covered and not sunbathing have a low skin cancer rate. Countries with a culture of shedding their clothes, sunbathing and use of tanning beds have a high skin cancer rate. Any person may exercise control over this by the decisions they decide to make.

•Weak Immune System – You may have more control over this than you think. With a weak immune system and other skin cancer risks in place, you are at a higher risk. To the extent you improve your health and strengthen your immune system, you also lessen the risk of skin cancer and all chronic disease.

Keep all skin cancer causes out of your life!

Take care of your health, your skin …and as much as is safe for you, use the sun for the benefits of vitamin D.

Never overexpose!

Links related to Skin Cancer Causes:

Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer
Are Tanning Beds Safe
Effects of Tanning Beds
Negative Effects of Tanning Beds
Causes of Melanoma
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

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Updated July 1, 2015


Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!