5 Surprising Things That Increase Your Skin Cancer Risk (It’s Not Just The Sun!)

While most skin cancers are caused by unprotected exposure to the sun, research pinpoints less obvious risks for developing the abnormal growth of skin cells.

Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, there’s a common misconception that darker skin tones aren’t at risk for skin cancer. However, a 2016 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in later stages and have a lower overall survival rate.

says dermatologist Maritza I. Perez, MD, a senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation.