How does my family's skin cancer history affect me?

"A family history of skin cancer can be very important" in identifying your own risk of developing the potentially life-threatening disease, according to Skin Cancer Doctor Terry Harvey.

In this short video, Dr Harvey explains how a family history of skin cancer affects your chances of developing the disease and, conversely, how your own diagnosis might influence your family's risk too!

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But did you know that some melanoma diagnoses in the family are more significant than others? Dr Harvey explains how your family member's age at diagnosis plays a part in the genetic risk they pass to you.

Learn more about inherited melanoma risk.

"With a family history [of skin cancer], it's worthwhile to come in and have that conversation, because that's one of the things we look out for," says Dr Harvey.

Written by National Skin Cancer Centres