Does skin cancer run in families?

Certain types of skin cancer may run in families. This means that if one of your relatives has had skin cancer, you are more likely to develop skin cancer, too. This is especially true of melanoma, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. If you know that your parents or siblings have had skin cancer, it is especially important for you to check your skin regularly and see a doctor right away if you notice any unusual symptoms.

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What are the risk factors for skin cancer?
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Does having dark skin shield me from skin cancer?
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