About skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer.

Redhead gene may boost skin cancer risk

The risk of skin cancer is higher for people who possess the genetic DNA signature for red hair, pale skin and freckles, even when they don't have the tell-tale physical traits.

Moles on your arm may predict melanoma risk

The risk of melanoma is thought to increase slightly with each additional mole on the body, and the mole count on the right arm is the most predictive of the total number of moles.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.

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