What's Your Risk For Skin Cancer?
Risk Factor Quiz
Exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most important fact in determining a person's risk of skin cancer. Past sunburns, sun exposure at young ages, genetics and immune system deficiencies may also play a part. This quiz can help determine your risk for developing skin cancer. After you add up your total points, match your score with those noted below to find your risk level.
|____||Hair Color||Blond/Red = 4, Brown = 3, Black = 1|
|____||Eye Color||Blue/Green = 4, Hazel = 3, Brown = 2|
|____||Where is your job?||Outdoors = 4, Mixed = 3, Indoors = 2|
|____||When exposed to one hour of summer sun, you:||Burn and sometimes blister = 4,
Burn then tan = 3, Tan = 1
|____||Do you have freckles?||Many = 5, Some = 3, None = 1|
|____||Has anyone in your family had skin cancer?||Yes = 5, No = 1|
|____||Where in the U.S. did you live most before the age of 18?||South = 4, Midwest = 3, North = 2|
- 10 - 15 points . . . Below average risk
- 16 - 22 points . . . Average risk
- 23 - 25 points . . . High risk
- 26 - 30 points . . . Very high risk
People with the following characteristics have the highest risk for skin cancer:
- Fair complexions that burn or blister easily
- Blond or red hair
- Blue, green or gray eyes
- Excessive sun exposure during childhood and teen years, blistering and sunburns before age 20
- Family history of skin cancer
- More than 100 moles; 50 if you are under age 20
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