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Risk factors
Risk Factors

In New Zealand everyone is at risk and anyone spending time outdoors at any time in the day should take precautions. It is a myth that you cannot burn on a cloudy day, as water vapour provides no protection from harmful UV rays. Those with lighter skin are more likely to burn, but those with the following should be especially careful in the sun. People with the following should take extra precautions:


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  • Have lots of moles, irregular moles, or large moles.
  • Have freckles and burn before tanning.
  • Have fair skin or blond, red, or light brown hair.


Family History
  • Were previously treated for skin cancer.
  • Have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanoma.


  • Spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Work indoors all week and then get a tan on weekends.


Medical History
  • Have certain autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus
  • (SLE or lupus).
  • Have had an organ transplant.
  • Take medicines that lower immunity.
  • Take oral contraceptives.
  • Take tetracycline, sulfa drugs or certain other antibiotics.
  • Take naproxen sodium or certain other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Take phenothiazines (major tranquilizers and anti-nausea drugs).
  • Take tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Take thiazide diuretics (medicines used for high blood pressure and some
    heart conditions).
  • Take sulfonylureas (a form of oral anti-diabetic medication).


Early detection is essential. Everyone should check their moles regularly and see a medical professional if they have a mole or lesion that looks suspicious. Regular full body skin checks are also advised.

Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where medical necessity criteria apply.

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