Why is it important to know my family history of skin conditions?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Knowing your family history of skin conditions is an important step toward safeguarding your health. Many skin conditions are influenced by family history. For example, if you have a close blood relative (such as a parent, brother, or sister) who has or has had skin cancer, you might face an increased risk of developing this disease. Close family members often grow up in the same environment and share habits. These factors also can affect your risk of skin problems.

Being aware of your family history of skin conditions gives you the opportunity to talk to your doctor about steps you can take to protect yourself, such as making lifestyle changes and scheduling regular exams.

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