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Sharon's Skin Cancer Risk Profile email this page to a friendemail this page
  • Age 44
  • White
  • Red hair, fair skin, freckles
  • Likes to sunbathe
  • Had bad sunburn when a teenager 
  • Rarely uses sunscreen
  • Visits tanning salon in the winter
Test your knowledge of Sharon's risk factors for skin cancer.




Sharon’s cumulative exposure to the sun puts her at risk for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but not for melanoma.

Sharon is at increased risk for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma because of her red hair and freckles.

Because Sharon lived most of her life in Southern California, she is at higher risk for melanoma than someone who lives in Minnesota.

The one severe sunburn that Sharon had as a teenager has no effect on her risk of developing melanoma.

Only UV radiation from the sun causes the risk of skin cancer. Artificial sources of UV radiation cause no damage, so Sharon’s visits to a tanning salon do not increase her risk.

Click the numbered tabs at the top of the page to learn how-and if-you can reduce your skin cancer risk.

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