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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are there any factors besides sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer?

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  • Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Susceptible people develop skin cancer when exposed to ultraviolet light. The delay between UV exposure and the development of the skin cancers may be decades.

    An individuals' susceptibility relates to genetic factors such as fair skin, red hair, blue eyes and a tendency to burn in the sun and also their susceptibility to cancer in general. Skin cancer, especially in young adults may indicate an increased risk of developing other cancers.

    Certain medications lower immunity to skin cancer, and this is particulary a problem for kidney and heart transplant recipients and for people with certain types of leukaemia. Also the new chemotherapy for melanoma can cause other skin cancers to appear.

    If you have previously had a skin cancer,are concerned about or you have a spot on your skin, or you believe you are at hight risk for developing a skin cancer, then have your skin checked by a specialist dermatologist.

    Rod SInclair
    Epworth Dermatology

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