Some skin conditions have the potential to pose a more serious risk to your health, which is why seeking medical advice on any skin abnormality is very important.
The most common skin condition that can pose a serious risk is skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in Ireland, with nearly 13,000 diagnosed in Ireland every year. Skin cancer is described as the abnormal growth of skin cells.
The risk factors for developing skin cancer are:
- Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), mostly from sunlight or artificial sources such as sunbeds.
- Fair skin that burns or freckles easily.
- Sunburn, including from childhood.
- Family history of skin cancer.
- Personal history of skin cancer.
- A large amount of moles or unusual moles.
For more information on these skin conditions and what to look out for, please see the following: