What is skin cancer?
This occurs when abnormal cells develop in the skin and grow uncontrollably. There are three common types namely the basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
Who commonly gets it?
People with a lot of exposure to ultraviolet radiation e.g the sun or tanning equipment and therefore commonly occurs on parts of the body excessively exposed to sunshine such as the face, ears, scalp. People with a lot of moles Older people (above the age of 50) are often affected, though the incidence in younger people is on the increase. People with fair or freckled skin, blond or red hair, are at a higher risk. People with blue, green or grey eyes are also more prone. People with a family history of skin cancers are at an increased risk. People with severe skin damage such as severe sunburn.